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Tree planting in Felixstowe commemorates monarch's milestone

PUBLISHED: 11:16 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 25 March 2018

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber, chairman of Felixstowe Town Council’s civic and community committee,  Doreen Savage, chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Chris Blundell, and Felixstowe councillors at the planting of a tree in Allenby Park to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber, chairman of Felixstowe Town Council's civic and community committee, Doreen Savage, chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Chris Blundell, and Felixstowe councillors at the planting of a tree in Allenby Park to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

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Community leaders have planted a tree to mark the Queen’s unique place in Britain’s monarchy.

Felixstowe Town Council has planted the specimen to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II – making her the first king or queen to have celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber together with fellow town councillors planted the tree last week in Allenby Park, Constable Road.

Joined by the chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Chris Blundell, and Nicholas Newton, Suffolk Coastal’s arboriculture and landscape manager, Mr Barber thanked Suffolk Coastal Norse to their help in acquiring the tree, a whitebeam, on behalf of the town council.

The Queen became the longest serving monarch on the British throne two years ago and celebrated 65 years last year. Queen Victoria previously held the record with 63 years.

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