Suffolk/Essex: Region prepares for royal wedding celebrations

WITH just a day to go before the Royal wedding, communities across Suffolk and Essex are making last minute preparations to mark the historic moment in style.

Street parties and other social events are being planned across the region as people gather to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

One Suffolk town is pulling out all the stops for a royal wedding bash to remember is Framlingham.

The town is already bedecked with dozens of Union Jacks and more than 2,000 metres of bunting in preparation for the wedding.

And tomorrow, the town will become Suffolk’s answer to The Mall, with the streets packed full of flag-waving well-wishers.

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Events are planned all over Suffolk - from a fancy dress royal wedding tea party at Bramfield Primary School, near Halesworth, to a circus and fete on Cornard Recreation Ground.

Proceedings will be beamed live from Westminster Abbey to Framlingham’s Market Hill on a giant screen brought in specially from Hertfordshire company ODMTV.

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The town’s business association received �2,700 from Suffolk Coastal to help fund the party, along with cash from the town council and local businesses. Karen Haynes, of Bullstrode’s general store, said: “It looks absolutely amazing and we’ll probably be leaving everything up for a while, with the annual go-kart race the following Sunday and the Framlingham Gala coming up at the end of May.

“We’ve had loads of interest from locals and people from outside Framlingham. A lot of visitors won’t have been here before and we’re hoping they will think it’s a lovely place to come back to.”

The free event will begin in Framlingham with a wedding peal being rung around town at 9.30am. The celebrations start at 10am and includes food and drink, children’s entertainment and fancy dress competition.

A prize draw will be made by MP Dr Dan Poulter at 3pm, with �100 cash, luxury hamper and shopping vouchers, among other prizes, to be won.

Street parties and neighbourhood bashes are planned all over the county on the day, with events taking place in Moulton Barton Mills, East Bergholt, Monks Eleigh, Lavenham, Sudbury, Leavenheath, Cornard, Ipswich, Metfield, Mellis, Bury St Edmunds, Kedington, Barrow, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Orford, Westleton, Kesgrave, Oulton Broad, Halesworth, Beccles and Lowestoft.

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