Lowestoft and Southwold embrace Jubilee despite dismal weather

PUBLISHED: 19:20 03 June 2012

Thundercat powerboat racing on Lowestoft seafront.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Thundercat powerboat racing on Lowestoft seafront. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Wave-skipping powers boats, traditional parties, and a civic service helped marked the Diamond Jubilee in Lowestoft and Southwold.

Lowestoft kicked-off the proceedings on Saturday when people gathered at Claremont Pier to watch the Thundercat powerboats put on their adrenaline-filled races.

And at The Triangle market, traders were given a boost as more than 100 people enjoyed The Jubilee Music Festival Summer Bash 2012.

The day-long concert started at 11am and carried on long into evening, with acts including the Wrentham Band, Lowestoft singer-songwriter Ria Ritchie and the Buster James Band.

Chairman of Lowestoft’s High Street Traders Danny Steel, said: “It is great to get as many people as we have in this area. We have 100 business up here, and it shows it can be used for these kind of events.”

Meanwhile, in Southwold, families enjoyed traditional entertainment with a Caribbean flavour when the High Street was closed for celebrations on Saturday.

East Suffolk Morris Men, the Caribbean Melody Steel Band and Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums provided musical entertainment as children indulged in face painting and hair braiding.

However, the town succumbed to the dismal weather on the Sunday and was forced to cancel its flotilla and tug of war competition – although a town hall procession and a civic service went ahead as planned.

Elsewhere in Carlton Colville, the rain failed to get in the way of the jubilant celebrations as more than 160 people packed into St Peter’s Church for a service, games, quizzes, and a special lunch.

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