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Hundreds honour community stalwart with procession through town

PUBLISHED: 19:09 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:09 21 May 2018

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

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A seaside town has paid tribute to the life of a long-serving councillor with a large parade honouring her years of dedication and service.

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick HowesHundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

The civic funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen took place today at St Edmund’s Church.

Hundreds lined the streets as Mrs Allen’s wicker coffin, which was adorned with flowers, was pulled on a horse and cart through the town.

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick HowesHundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

Family, friends and colleagues from Waveney District Council and Southwold Town Council followed behind.

Southwold mayor Michael Rowan-Robinson said: “It was a sombre occasion but a lot of people turned out.

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick HowesHundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

“The church, which holds around 400 people, was completely packed by those who knew and respected her.

“She was a major figure in the town’s politics and fought very hard for Southwold.

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick HowesHundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

“She was fantastically hardworking for the community and as a person she was so warm and friendly.”

Mrs Allen, 78, died suddenly on Monday, April 30.

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick HowesHundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

Hundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick HowesHundreds gathered for the procession and funeral of former Southwold mayor Sue Allen. Photo: Mick Howes

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