Framlingham: Historic gala returns with a Royal flavour

A SUFFOLK town turned out to celebrate an annual tradition of such rich heritage that it predates the Queen’s ascension to the throne by 65 years.

The annual Framlingham Gala marked the arrival of more clement conditions with a colourfully regal celebration.

This year, tying in with the nationwide Jubilee festivities, the gala started with a topically-themed kings and queens parade through the town.

Yesterday’s events opened with a Jubilee craft fair at St Michael’s Rooms, before the grand parade set off in the afternoon, bound for the Castle Meadow.

Entertainment in the castle grounds included dazzling performances from The Kangaroos gymnastic display team, John Evans and his Balance of Power show and the Norwich Samba Band.

Though not part of the town’s Jubilee celebrations, the Framlingham Gala, which has taken place each year since 1887, made for a fitting addition to four days of fun and celebration.

The event has been organised by Framlingham Sports Club since 1948, and proceeds go towards maintaining facilities and new equipment. Syd Vice, who has helped put the event together for more than 50 years, was on hand as ever to make sure things ran smoothly.

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He said: “It’s one of the oldest shows in the county and has been attended by thousands of people from the local area and beyond.”

Jubilee celebrations continue in Framligham today, with the town’s business association holding another fun-filled day of celebration on Market Hill, including a tea party complete with music and entertainment.

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