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That was the feeling emanating through Beccles and Bungay as people braved the dismal weather for Jubilee celebrations on Sunday.

Beccles marked the Queen’s 60th year on the throne when about 200 people attended a special civic service at St Michael’s church.

The festivities continued in the town centre with a Lotus car display, a host of entertainers, as well as a children’s party at the public hall.

Organiser Loraine Loffstadt, 61, of Beccles, said: “60 children have been given Jubilee mugs and special goody bags including Jubilee medals. The party has gone absolutely brilliantly.”

In a speech, the mayor of Beccles Graham Catchpole said: “Even if you are someone who has doubts about the role of the monarchy within our constitution. I am sure you are here today to celebrate the Queen as an individual who has dedicated her life to serving and representing her country at home and around the world.”

In Bungay, a street procession paraded from Scales Street car park and through the town, before commencing at the Old Grammar School Field where people enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment.

A collection of stalls lined the perimeter of the green, while some people managed to squeeze beneath a parasol to have a picnic.

But the main events came from the warm notes of Leiston Royal British Legion and a performance by the Crystalette Twirlers whose quick-handed baton spins brought cheers and applause from the crowd.

The mayor of Bungay Terry Reeve, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the support the people of Bungay have shown today.

“And despite the weather, lots of people turned out for the parade.”

For more photos see this Friday’s Beccles and Bungay Journal.

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