Jubilee: Village homes and landmarks to replace knickers as bunting

VILLAGERS who hit the headlines when they used their own underwear for festival bunting will be taking a more sober approach to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - by using decorations featuring their own homes and landmarks.

Stansfield near Haverhill, has become famous for its novelty bunting, after the village found itself unable to afford the standard decorations and opted for the underwear iof residents instead.

Since then, the village has continued to try and do something a bit different - recycling plastic bags in 2010 and recycled CDs and DVDs last year.

This year’s annual fete will see the village adorned with bunting featuring the homes of residents and popular local landmarks.

Mary Evans, chairman of the Stansfield Village Hall Committee, said the bunting would help the village mark the jubilee.

She said: “The 175 pennants, trimmed in red, white and blue ribbon, are made up of iron-on transfers of photographs of the buildings and scenery of the village ranging from the old windmill to the village sign and from All Saints Church to views over the Glem valley.

“The bunting is the brainchild of local resident Delia Berridge, who in recent years has made novelty bunting from recycled items as diverse as knickers, plastic carrier bags and cds to decorate the village hall for the annual fete.”

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Mrs Berridge said: “I thought it would be a lovely way to celebrate the jubilee by capturing the village as it is in 2012 in images and turning them into bunting.

“We asked children in the village to do us a painting or drawing on the theme of the jubilee and we have had some wonderful contributions.”

The garland, which is more than 45 metres long, will be hung around the main room at Stansfield village hall for the village party on Saturday.

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