SLIDESHOW: Bury St Edmunds celebrates as Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest serving British monarch
Bury St Edmunds celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest serving British Monarch yesterday.
The afternoon’s activities included a parade, bungee trampolines, a performance by the Stagecoach theatre school and the chance to look around a fire engine.
The Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Patrick Chung, was pleased with the town’s festivities and full of praise for Her Majesty.
He said: “She brings wonderful things to the country with her long reign and I hope she will carry on her prosperity.”
The Mayor was joined by Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lady Euston, airmen from RAF Honington and civic dignitaries in the unveiling of a portrait of Her Majesty at a civic reception in the Athenaeum.
This was followed by a sunset parade led by 6 Regiment Army Air Corps and RAF Honington.
A single Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham and an Army Corps’ hot air balloon performed a flypast over St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Union flag was lowered and music was provided by The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers.
At 5.30pm on Wednesday the Queen had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes - this surpasses Queen Victoria, who was Her Majesty’s great-great grand-mother.