Suffolk: Communities across county come together as Royal couple tie the knot

COMMUNITIES across Suffolk have today come together to mark history in the making as the future heir to the crown and his bride begin married life together.

Homes and businesses have been decorated with bunting, flags have been flying and people across the county have been proudly sporting red, white and blue.

In Lavenham, hundreds gathered in the market hill to watch the Royal Wedding live on a giant screen outside the Guildhall. Some had their faces painted, some waved flags and some simply sat down at the many tables laid on simply to watch the event as it happened.

At nearby Acton Pre-School, dozens of children and toddlers dressed up as little princes and princesses to mark the ocasion.

For everybody involved with Acton Pre-School in Acton, near Sudbury, today has marked a double celebration.

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Not only have they got to make crowns, bunting and a wedding cake - they are also celebrating being rated outstanding in everything they do by the education watchdog organisation, Ofsted.

Lead practitioner Kim Schwenk said: “Our celebration is meant to mark both the wedding and to say a huge thank you for everybody’s hard work in getting this Ofsted result.

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“It has been a fantastic day. It is nice to get all these families together. The children love princes and princesses and all the activities have been about that.

“The idea behind the day was that this was a wedding reception with a wedding cake made by the childrenn.

“We’ve all got dressed up in our wedding clothes - including many of the parents.”

She said the activities laid on for the children - such as flag and crown making - were meant to give them some understanding of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.

In Tuddenham, about 200 villagers and visitors turned out to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Organiser Amanda Spence said: “There has been a great mix of ages and there has been something for everybody.”

After a village tea party, those taking part watched a failm made by the village’s Fun for Kids Club in partnership with a professional film firm in Lowestoft.

The animated film was the children’s version of a wedding with plasticine figures.

Residents in the Wells Street area of Bury St Edmunds got together for a street party to raise cash for two charities in the road.

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