Community leaders join parade through Bungay for annual civic service

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Mary’s Church in Bungay.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Marys Church in Bungay. Picture: Andrew Atterwill. - Credit: Archant

Community leaders from across Suffolk were invited to Bungay for the annual civic service on Friday afternoon.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Mary’s Church in Bungay.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Marys Church in Bungay. Picture: Andrew Atterwill. - Credit: Archant

The town reeve, Mary Sprake, and town mayor Mary Matthews, welcomed civic leaders for the occasion, gathering at the town council offices in Broad Street before processing to the church for the service, led by the Rector, the Rev Ian Byrne.

The reeve and mayor reads lessons, and there was also a reading by the head boy at Bungay High School, Will Binder.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Mary’s Church in Bungay.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Marys Church in Bungay. Picture: Andrew Atterwill. - Credit: Archant

Prayers of penitence were led by Abbot Charles Lombard, priest at St Edmund's Roman Catholic Church, and other prayers were led by the Rev Jacquie Evans, minister at Emmanuel Methodist and United Reformed Church. Mr Byrne preached the sermon.

Afterwards there was a buffet reception at Jester's at the Castle Visitor Centre.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Mary’s Church in Bungay.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Marys Church in Bungay. Picture: Andrew Atterwill. - Credit: Archant


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Civic guests included the mayors of Beccles, Eye, Bury St Edmunds and Aldeburgh, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Suffolk county councillor for Bungay David Ritchie.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Mary?s Church in Bungay.

The procession of the civic dignitaries for the annual civic service at St Mary?s Church in Bungay. Picture: Andrew Atterwill. - Credit: Archant

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