Photo gallery: Golden celebration for University of East Anglia 50th birthday

Dreaming of the future, Presley and Liberty Burnett and Keira Bray at the UEA 50th anniversary festi

Dreaming of the future, Presley and Liberty Burnett and Keira Bray at the UEA 50th anniversary festival celebrations.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Golden sunshine shone on the University of East Anglia today for the 50th birthday celebrations of one of Norfolk's most famous institutions.

Judged by celebrity chef Tim Kinnaird, the volcano cake completion was popular with the visitors to

Judged by celebrity chef Tim Kinnaird, the volcano cake completion was popular with the visitors to the UEA 50th anniversary festival celebrations.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Thousands of people, from current students, local families and alumni, descended on the Norwich university to take part in a host of activities.

The celebrations kick started last night with a dinner involving many of the original cohort of 150 students who attended the UEA when it first began in 1963.

A huge programme of events, from lectures to children's crafts and a baking competition were held around the campus today. A flash mob dance was also staged in the main square outside the student bar this afternoon.

The celebrations are set to go off with a bang at 6.30pm tonight when a replica of the Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts on Waveney Mound with loud bangs, fireworks, bright lights and pyroclastic flows.


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That will be followed by celebrations tonight from 7pm in a big circus top with entertainment from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, comedy from former UEA student Nina Conti, and DJ set from Mark Lamarr.

See Monday's paper for more.

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