Tasty treats for youngsters

Belinda Somerleyton and her daughter Isabel Cator hand out the penny buns to children from the villa

Belinda Somerleyton and her daughter Isabel Cator hand out the penny buns to children from the village primary school. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The sound of swashbuckling sea shanties from village primary school children could be heard at Somerleyton Hall as part of the annual Penny and Bun Day.

Pupils from Somerleyton Primary School sing on traditional Penny Bun Day PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Pupils from Somerleyton Primary School sing on traditional Penny Bun Day PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pupils aged between four and 11 from Somerleyton Primary School excitedly collected a 50p piece and an iced bun as part of a tradition which is more than 150 years old.

The Penny and Bun Day began in the 1840s, when Lowestoft entrepreneur Sir Morton Peto lived at the hall.

Somerleyton Primary School headteacher Louise Spall said: 'It is absolutely wonderful to be here again. I would like to thank Somerleyton Hall for inviting us to sing.

'The children have all been looking forward to the iced buns which make them sing all the better. It is really important to keep these links alive.'

To earn their tasty treats, the children performed three maritime-themed songs for Hon Belinda Somerleyton and her daughter Isabel Cator.

The final performed song was Avast Ahoy, which the children will perform at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, on March 19, as part of a six-day Celebration of Schools' Music.

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Mrs Cator, who presented the children with their ice buns and 50p piece, said: 'The children gave an enthusiastic and beautiful performance.

'One of the children told me this is the fifth year she has been apart of the Penny and Bun Day and that was she sad it was the last year she would be able to attend.'

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