Crowds for Bungay antiques fair as town’s summer festival starts

Thousands descended on Bungay town centre on Sunday as they searched for bargains.

The town's annual antiques and collectables street market saw stalls strewn across Earsham Street as another large crowd was drawn to the town centre in the morning, before the rain set in early afternoon.

The street fair is one of three organised annually by the Bungay Chamber of Trade, with each proving popular.

This year's antiques fair is one of the highlights of the opening weekend of the Bungay Summer Festival, which will see more than 30 events during the next fortnight.

It began on Saturday with the traditional raising of the Bigod Flag at the Castle, while other events across the weekend included include a children's fun day on the Old Grammar School Playing Field and a Songs of Praise at Holy Trinity Church.

Keith Parker, festival chairman, said: 'During this special year which sees celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the staging of the London Olympics, the festival promises the usual mixture of fun and learning combining the regular events with some new ones.'

Further activities throughout the fortnight include cultural and sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, children's events, productions at the Fisher Theatre, and the summer ball on Friday.

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It concludes on Sunday, July 22, with a concert by the Romford Royal British Legion band and Corps of Drums, followed by the lowering of the flag at the Castle to mark the end of the festival.

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