PICTURES: Queen’s 90th birthday brings together communities across West Suffolk

York road street party for the Queens 90th birthday ANL-160613-073915009
York road street party for the Queens 90th birthday ANL-160613-073915009
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With tea parties aplenty, the bunting flying and a wealth of family fun, the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations brought together communities across West Suffolk.

The festivities kicked off in style with a service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral featuring a colourful procession from the Athenaeum of military, civc and legal representatives.

Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday with a street party and picnic at the Southgate Community Centre and Southgate Church in Bury St Edmunds ANL-161206-154652009

Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday with a street party and picnic at the Southgate Community Centre and Southgate Church in Bury St Edmunds ANL-161206-154652009

A street party in Whiting Street South attracted 260 people who enjoyed food and music from two bands. Organiser Vivien Gainsborough Foot read out a letter from Buckingham Palace. In nearby Churchgate Street French restaurant Maison Bleue hosted a glitzy charity celebration lunch which raised more than £700 for charity GeeWizz towards sensory outdoor equipment for 12-year-old Luke Cattermole, of Great Blakenham.

Residents in Well Street and Orchard Street held a party in the space behind Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre - and children made crowns for the celebration.

In York Road, neighbours of all ages got together for the occasion with Amanda Larcombe dressing as the Queen to greet residents, judge competitions and award medals. There is talk of making the street party an annual event.

About 90 residents flocked to a community picnic at Southgate Community Centre. Members of the Southgate Church congregation wrote messages for the Queen and a commemorative group picture was taken to send to Buckingham Palace.

Whiting Street party for the Queens 90th birthday 

Pictured: Organiser Vivian Gainsborough-Foot ANL-160613-074159009

Whiting Street party for the Queens 90th birthday Pictured: Organiser Vivian Gainsborough-Foot ANL-160613-074159009

Businesses in St John’s Street put out the bunting with Susette’s Flowers offering strawberies and cream and Mick’s Cycles laying on cake and drinks.

Residents from Oxlip House joined pupils at Abbots Green Primary School for tea and cakes, which were made by children as part of a Royal Bake Off contest.

At Cockfield, about 200 people enjoyed a street party with picnics, games, face-painting, biscuit decorating, and a toast to Her Majesty

In Barton Mills, music from Freestyle and Catch, a birthday cake and the chance to take Queen selfies attracted more than 300 people. A new picnic area was also officially opened.

A charity celebration luch at Maison Bleue raised more than �700 ANL-160613-131509001

A charity celebration luch at Maison Bleue raised more than �700 ANL-160613-131509001

Cockfield Street Party ANL-160613-143053001

Cockfield Street Party ANL-160613-143053001

Cockfield Street Party ANL-160613-143107001

Cockfield Street Party ANL-160613-143107001

Cake, crowns and bunting were the order of the day during lunch at the Bury St Edmunds Headway hub ANL-160613-143921001

Cake, crowns and bunting were the order of the day during lunch at the Bury St Edmunds Headway hub ANL-160613-143921001

Photo taken by Stanley Maynard Lowe, aged 10, of Well Street, of his friends and neighbours who were making crowns for their street party ANL-160613-144910001

Photo taken by Stanley Maynard Lowe, aged 10, of Well Street, of his friends and neighbours who were making crowns for their street party ANL-160613-144910001

Suzette's Flowers offered strawberries and cream as part of celebrations by businesses in St John's Street ANL-160613-145955001

Suzette's Flowers offered strawberries and cream as part of celebrations by businesses in St John's Street ANL-160613-145955001

Pupils of Abbots Green and Oxlip House residents mark the Queen's 90th birthday ANL-160613-145916001

Pupils of Abbots Green and Oxlip House residents mark the Queen's 90th birthday ANL-160613-145916001

York road street party for the Queens 90th birthday 

Pictured: Mayor Julia Wakeham with Amanda Larcombe as the Queen ANL-160613-073903009

York road street party for the Queens 90th birthday Pictured: Mayor Julia Wakeham with Amanda Larcombe as the Queen ANL-160613-073903009