Harleston marks Jubilee celebrations with opening of new green gym

Hundreds of townsfolk gathered in Harleston on Monday to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a parade and picnic.

The day's celebrations began with a procession from the Market Square led by the Royal British Legion to the recreation ground.

Party-goers attended in red, white and blue and there were fancy dress competitions for children and for the best dressed pushchair or mobility aid, a display of 1950s and 1960s cars, and displays of motor bikes and tractors.

Students from Archbishop Sancroft High School also officially opened the town's new green gym equipment on the recreation ground. The new facility was paid for by �6,490 from the town council, �2,000 from South Norfolk Council and �23,692 of Section 106 monies.

There was also a competition for the best dressed shop window.

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Eric Bird, chairman of Harleston Town Council, said the Jubilee celebrations had been a 'great day.' 'It was very well attended from the start of the parade at 11am to the National Anthem at 3pm. The weather was kind to us,' he said.

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