Inaugural Suffolk Day marked with storytelling and tasty pies
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The first event of its kind celebrating the very best of Suffolk saw residents across the county enjoying tasty pies, storytelling workshops and Suffolk Punches at work.
And yesterday's inaugural Suffolk Day was marked in Bungay at the town's Fisher Theatre with activities for primary school children in the day followed by a 'Celebrate Your Suffolk' family event in the evening.
Pupils from Bungay Primary School and St Edmund's Catholic Primary School took part in free storytelling and drama workshops on the theme of stories of Suffolk.
Harvey Salmon from Dramatic Impact, which organised the event in partnership with the theatre, said: 'We heard they were doing a Suffolk Day and thought this is a great idea. Storytelling links in really well as Suffolk is full of different stories and legends and we wanted to share that enthusiasm with young people to get them telling their own stories.
'We got the children to put together stories inspired by a Suffolk landscape or iconic landmark like Orford Castle or Sutton Hoo and create their own legends.
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'It was really good to get them thinking about the place where they live and make them feel proud to be from Suffolk.'
The evening's entertainment included singing, dancing, folk music, storytelling, short theatre performances, talks and a children's treasure hunt as well as a message from Suffolk balloon race and a special mural.
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The event was sponsored by Bungay businesses Fen Farm Dairy and The Fleece Inn, as well as Lickety Ice, from Lowestoft.
Elsewhere in Suffolk, award-winning Halesworth business Truly Traceable, used iconic ingredients from the county for a special Suffolk pie. It included Blythburgh free-range bacon, Baron Bigod Brie from Fen Farm Dairy and red currants from High House Fruit Farm in Sudbourne.
Staff at Pier Marketing also used food for their celebrations, marking the day by tucking into a picnic of locally produced goods on Felixstowe beach, including Aspall cyder, scones and Suffolk lemonade.
Easton and Otley College students and staff dressed as Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran, while The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley held a day of demonstrations and activities.