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Entertainment aplenty at events across Lowestoft to mark a right Royal occasion

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 June 2016

A family fun afternoon at Blundeston Millennium Green to mark the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Pictures: MICK HOWES

A family fun afternoon at Blundeston Millennium Green to mark the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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From parties and picnics to fun and entertainment aplenty, people in east Suffolk turned out at events across the are to join the Queen in celebrating her 90th birthday.

Last weekend numerous Royal themed events were held, with thoughts turning to Her Majesty as communities marked the monarch’s milestone in style.

Last Saturday, the Gisleham Fete committee hosted its 64th annual Summer fete at White House Farm, Gisleham – which featured the Trooping of the Colour ceremony for the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

A fine turnout of people dressed in patriotic red, white and blue clothing to mark the occasion – with a Royal-themed selfie station proving popular.

On Sunday, a traditional village fete was held at Kessingland Community Centre, with entertainment aplenty attracting the crowds.

Blundeston In Bloom organised a family fun and picnic event at Blundeston Millennium Green. A tug of war, children’s races and games were enjoyed, while the beacon was lit in the afternoon.

Popular Pakefield fund-raiser Zoiyar Cole and Janet Ellis held a special Queen’s birthday celebration event at Pakefield Church Hall.

They said: “We would like to thank all who attended the Queen’s special birthday celebration event – it was a great success. A good old singsong was enjoyed with Cherie Pointon and Ivan Whomes, with monologues from Gilly. Thanks also to John Holmes for his display of photos of days gone by. Special thanks to all our helpers, including Oliver Mills for saying grace, as we raised £275 for our charity.”

Residents at Lilac Lodge in Oulton Broad also held a special event on Sunday – as they opened their home to the local community for a right Royal celebration.

Everyone enjoyed scones with jam and lashings of cream, Victoria sponge, gateaux and dainty sandwiches.

Torrential rain meant Sunday’s garden party had to come indoors, but more than 50 local people joined staff, residents and their families for the celebration of the Queen’s official birthday.

Musical entertainment was provided by local singing duo Gladys and Joan and there was face painting for children provided by local artist Nikki Mantripp.

Local businesses and residents’ families provided prizes for a raffle that raised £88 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund.

The event follows the Kingsley Healthcare-run home’s successful family fun day at Easter.

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