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.
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.
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.