Gallery: Youngsters make sure Diamond Jubilee celebrations start in style

RED, white and blue were most certainly the colours of the day as children from across the region kicked off the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in style.

Patriotic youngsters had a break from their usual lessons to mark the Queen’s historic anniversary.

From tea parties and picnics to fancy dress and royal-themed games and activities – the younger generation did Her Majesty proud.

At Aldeburgh Primary School they have been learning about the Queen, her life and the history of Britain during her reign.

It culminated yesterday with a special family picnic for which youngsters dressed as kings, queens, princes, princesses or in the traditional red, white and blue of the Union flag.

The pupils also played games and re-enacted events of the Queen’s life before finishing by singing the National Anthem.

Acting headteacher Ruth Hart said: “The children have really been enjoying learning about the Jubilee, which is part of British heritage and culture.”

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At Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School in Framlingham all the youngsters were presented with special mugs that featured the official Diamond Jubilee crest.

The presentation, which was attended by local MP Dan Poulter, was organised by the Framlingham Business Association, with the mugs sponsored by John and Martin Kelleway, of Lodge Farm, Framlingham.

Pupils were treated to a special party in the afternoon and were busy making bunting and taking part in various royal-themed games and activities.

Headteacher Helen Picton said: “Each class has done a lot of work preparing for the Jubilee. One of our younger classes even went round the town asking people how they would be celebrating and finding out about the Queen.”

At Easton Primary School the pupils had an afternoon of celebration that featured a variety of Jubilee-themed activities such as making Union flags and creating a communal portrait of the Queen.

Acting headteacher Sally Wilkinson said: “We have spent a lot of time learning about the Jubilee and it’s a great chance for the children to find out more about our history.”

Youngsters at Waldringfield Primary School also entered into the spirit with a celebratory party.

At Peasenhall Primary School children and local residents planted a variety of trees in Russell Close after seeking permission from Hastoe Housing.

This was followed by a Jubilee celebration that included traditional May Pole dancing.

Headteacher Kath Cook said: “We spoke to the children this week about why the Jubilee is so important and how it’s part of our heritage.

“It’s an incredibly rare event and something that should be celebrated.”