Bad weather meant that this year’s farmers market ahead of Harvest Festival had to be cancelled.
A civi parade made its way from The Athenaeum to the Cathedral which was decorated with flowers and produce as well as sheep created by Suffolk schoolchildren.
This was Bishop Nigel’s penultimate service as on Sunday there will be a special service as he leaves the county to join the Arcbishop of Canterbury’s team at Lambeth. His role will temporarily be provided by Bishop David Thomson, Bishop of Ely.
The speaker at the Harvest Festival was professor Ian Crute, chief scientist of the Horticuiltural Development Board, and Anna Hill from BBC Radio 4 interviewed Tim Jenkins of the Fishermen’s Mission.
During the service a collection was taken for the Addington Fund which supports agricultural workers raising £600.
Long service awards were presented by Bishop Nigel to a number of workers on behalf of the Suffolk Agricultural Association. Brian Waters from V & R Waspe and Sons, Stowmarket was recognised for his 50 years of service.