Gallery: Poor weather fails to dampen spirits of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in east Suffolk

A HUGE number of street parties, Jubilee lunches and family-friendly events took place today, despite the gloomy weather

Hadleigh High Street was transformed as a huge street party took place, with a burst of red, white and blue amongst the grey conditions.

The Big Lunch event proved popular despite the rain and the fun continued with live music in a marquee.

In Ipswich, crowds took to the Cornhill for piazza-style dining and street entertainment and Christchurch Park for a huge family-friendly picnic and live entertainment.

Leiston’s Long Shop hosted a special 1950s Jubilee fun day, bringing back memories and images of The Queen’s Coronation 60 years ago.

Anoraks and umbrellas were the order of the day in Saxmundham as dozens of families enjoyed a street party while in Woodbridge, a large picnic took place in Elmhurst Park with a Royal-themed children’s fancy dress parade.

In Halesworth, the free buffet lunch scheduled for the Market Place was moved into the Parish Church of St Mary due to the weather.

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Aldeburgh hosted a Proms by the Sea event last night, described as a “quintessentially English, seafront musical spectacular”.

The free event featured The Stagecoach School of Music and Dance from Ipswich and operatic star Stephanie Coombes. The 20-piece National Festival Orchestra also [performed, with a firework display closing the night.

While celebrating the reign of The Queen, seaside residents in Felixstowe were more than happy to show their charitable nature and support a worthy cause.

Manning’s Amusements held a street party for the whole resort, complete with games, rides and a table top sale. The event raised �200 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of popular businessman Charlie Manning, who ran the funfair and died last May after a battle with cancer.

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