Conga fun as Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth celebrate Royal Wedding

An impromptu conga ran up and down Rigbourne Hill, in Beccles, today, as neighbours held a party for the Royal Wedding.

Around 70 people of all ages lined-up as they danced along to the party classic.

It was the highlight of a hectic day's celebrations across the Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth region.

Neighbours in Rigbourne Hill closed off their road for the afternoon as they enjoyed music, food and party games along the street.

All ages joined together for the party, with Ronny Spalding, 89, and Barbara and Jack Cooper, 84 and 88, among the revellers. Mrs Cooper even joined in the conga with her three year old great-granddaughter.

Co-organiser Sam Oddy said: 'I do not mind doing the organising if you then see this. If people are enjoying themselves it makes it all worthwhile.'

In Halesworth, around 250 people gathered together for a street party, with entertainers, face painting, magic and an array of food on offer.

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The residents of Queens Drive, Queens Close, Princes Green, Dukes Drive and Earls Close were all invited along, with all ages uniting to help make the event happen.

Co-organiser Jacquie Adams said: 'Everyone in the community has helped and it is absolutely marvellous.'

In the morning, all eyes around the Waveney Valley were on the wedding itself, with groups of people in front of big screens.

In Ditchingham, near Bungay, around 50 people watched at Maltings Pavilion, run by The Bungay and District Sports Association.

There was a barbecue and bouncy castle, while one mother and four children were awarded for dressing up especially for the occasion.

Sonya Harris, 33, of Bungay, went in her wedding dress after being persuaded by her husband Trevor, 35.

Mrs Harris said: 'It was quite fun as my children have seen me in the dress.'

There were more wedding dresses on show in Bungay's Fisher Theatre where people gathered to watch the wedding on the big screen.

Although neither had been married before, Sandra Cox and Florence Evans Verfay were persuaded to wear dresses that have been donated to the theatre's current exhibition.

Volunteer Peter Holmes, 62, also went wearing his wedding hat from 1969.

The King's Head and Queens Jules landlords Tim and Jules Anderson also got dressed up in Bungay. Mrs Anderson, 39, put on the dress she wore to marry Mr Anderson, 58, three years ago, as they served customers.

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