A Royal Salute

Ixworth street party
Ixworth street party

THOUSANDS of people across the area got into the party spirit for the historic Jubilee celebrations of The Queen’s 60-year reign.

And despite the weekend’s downpours, spirits stayed high as street parties were staged, beacons were lit and red, white and blue dominated.

Ixworth street party''Pictured: Grace Geacey and Carla Gifford

Ixworth street party''Pictured: Grace Geacey and Carla Gifford

The biggest event in Bury St Edmunds was held in the Abbey Gardens on Tuesday.

An estimated 2,000 people went along to take part in an old fashioned fete.

Town tourism manager Sharon Fairweather, said: “It went really well, there were lots of people and hopefully they all enjoyed themselves.”

There was jitterbug jiving and jazz with God Save the Queen among the songs.

Children had fun in fancy dress while there were competitions for bony babies, knobbly knees and lovely legs, as well as sack and egg and spoon races.

They celebrated in style in Ixworth on Tuesday.

Tables and chairs lined the length of the High Street. As well as a jubilee lunch, there was face painting, a bouncy castle, live music and a procession by the Royal British Legion and the cadets.

School children performed a maypole dance, while there was best king and queen and best window display competitions and a royal themed scarecrow and flower festival.

Hannah Barton, one of the organisers said: “We had around 1,500 people – much more than we ever expected. It was a brilliant day. Everybody had a great time.”

The rain did lead to some of the events at a street party in Westbury Avenue in Bury being abandoned on Sunday.

But there was a strong community spirit as residents rallied round with tents and gazebos to make sure the day was not a complete washout.

Town MP David Ruffley opened the street party.

Amanda Burroughs, one of the organisers, said: “Everybody brought their own food, we had 150 to 200 people come along and there were competitions for the best dressed house and best fancy dress. We also has a royal quiz and treasure hunt.”

A jubilee Olympics and tug of war was however rained off.

There were street parties in Hasted Close and celebrations at the Howard and Moreton Hall community centres, while on Wednesday a jubilee themed family picnic and fun day took place on the field next to Howard Primary school.

More than 500 mums dads and children, enjoyed races, picnics, and dancing at Culford School on Monday. A big match was auctioned off – the buyer Ellie Fisher of Ingham, lit the village beacon along with seven month old Edward in her arms.

The fire brigade was called by a passing motorist to a beacon lit on Tut Hill in Fornham All Saints, where more than 100 people toasted the Queen. No action was taken.

Meanwhile for Anglian Stainless, in Stanton, for one family, the Thames Pageant on Saturday was extra special.

The firm owned by managing director Ken Sawyer and his family, supplied nuts, bolts and fixings for the Royal Barge.

When he took the order, Mr Sawyer thought it was a joke.

“I don’t know where they put them,” he said. “But when I watched it I thought, ‘I played a part in that’.”