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It's party time as people celebrate Queen's 90th birthday across Waveney

PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 June 2016

Birthday Tea Party with games and community activities to celebrate Queens 90th Birthday on Fieldstile Road Green in Southwold.

Picture: James Bass

Birthday Tea Party with games and community activities to celebrate Queens 90th Birthday on Fieldstile Road Green in Southwold. Picture: James Bass

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Communities were united in celebration as a sea of red, white and blue was on display across Waveney.

Hundreds of people turned out across the district to join the Queen in celebrating her 90th birthday.

A birthday tea party with games and community activities was held in Fieldstile Road in Southwold on Saturday.

Town mayor Melanie Tucker said: “I would like to thank all individuals and organisations who so generously gave up their time to help with the Queen’s birthday weekend celebrations in Southwold.

“It was good to see members of our community having an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and take part in the celebrations. Your contribution is much appreciated by us all.”

Wheelbarrows trundled down The Street in Walberswick last Saturday – but instead of heading for the allotments, they were festooned in bunting, corgis and coronets as entries for a best dressed barrow competition at a picnic on The Green to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

A thanksgiving service was followed by the Children’s Kings and Queens fancy dress competition, races and a tug of war.

Villagers brought their own picnics, while Tony Kohn provided commentary throughout the day and the Sole Bay Jazz Band entertained.

Julia Sowerbutts and Nigel Walpole, on behalf of the Walberswick Common Lands Charity and the Village Hall Committee, organised the day.

Mr Walpole said: “The whole village has joined together and had a marvellous day, full of fun and laughter, in wonderful Walberswick.”

Heavy afternoon showers seemed to put a cloud over the planned picnic at the Royal Green in Lowestoft last Sunday.

However the weather turned for the better as hundreds of families enjoy an activity packed afternoon.

Ursula Jones, the event’s organiser, said: “Just before the event the weather brightened up thankfully and families started flooding in and it turned out to be a really good afternoon.

“There was lots going on such as face painting, a magician, hook the duck and balloon sculptures.

“A lot of the children got involved in a tug of war which they really enjoyed and there was also a group of belly dancers who were great.

“Overall there was a lot of royal spirit and it was a great way to celebrate her Majesty’s 90th birthday.”

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