Colourful parade marks welcome to mayor

Pakenham 'Mayor's civic service parade
Pakenham 'Mayor's civic service parade
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A SMALL Suffolk village was bustling with dignitaries and councillors at the weekend for the St Edmundsbury Civic Service.

More than 300 people were involved with the service in Pakenham, on Sunday, to mark the beginning of Cllr Christopher Spicer’s term as Mayor of St Edmundsbury.

A procession of Suffolk mayors, civic leaders, social leaders and military personnel paraded through the village – which has been home to Cllr Spicer for 65 years – led by a samba band and dancers from King Edward VI School, in Bury.

Standards of nine local organisations were also displayed, including the Royal British Legion, St John Ambulance and the 1st Bury Scouts – also the Mayor’s Scouts.

Cllr Spicer, accompanied by his wife Joanna, and his guests then enjoyed a service and blessing at Pakenham Church.

Cllr Spicer said: “It was a very happy day for me and for all of my guests.”

It was the first civic service to be held in the village for 30 years.