Service in 12th century priory ruins launches day of celebration

A day of celebration at Blythburgh saw local historian Dr Alan Mackley giving a guided tour of the 1

A day of celebration at Blythburgh saw local historian Dr Alan Mackley giving a guided tour of the 12th century Priory ruins. Pictures: David Tytler - Credit: Archant

It is a village known for its historic buildings and scenic rural setting.

Free boat trips on the River Blyth were provided by Natural England as part of Celebrating Blythburg

Free boat trips on the River Blyth were provided by Natural England as part of Celebrating Blythburgh day. Pictures: Paul Lacey - Credit: Archant

And Blythburgh was a hive of activity earlier this month as hundreds of people enjoyed a day of celebration.

The village's annual community event – Celebrating Blythburgh – took place on Sunday, July 9. An open-air service started proceedings as people gathered in the ruins of Blythburgh's 12th century priory for a service led by the Rev Malcolm Doney.

David Tytler, chairman of Blythburgh with Bulcamp and Hinton Parish Council, said: 'It was another lovely day. At least 160 people came to the garden throughout the day – it was a great turnout. We are very lucky as each year the weather has been superb.'

Parishioners and visitors enjoyed a range of activities with the focal point for the free event being a party in the Priory garden. Events, including a dog show, treasure hunt, river walk and guided tour of the ruins were all held along with free boat trips on the River Blyth, provided by Natural England. With live music throughout the afternoon, Celebrating Blythburgh is supported by the Blythburgh Latitude Trust and Blythburgh with Bulcamp and Hinton Parish Council.

A day of celebration at Blythburgh saw an open-air service led by the Rev Malcolm Doney. Pictures: D

A day of celebration at Blythburgh saw an open-air service led by the Rev Malcolm Doney. Pictures: David Tytler - Credit: Archant

Free boat trips on the River Blyth were provided by Natural England as part of Celebrating Blythburg

Free boat trips on the River Blyth were provided by Natural England as part of Celebrating Blythburgh day. Pictures: Paul Lacey - Credit: Archant

A day of celebration at Blythburgh. Pictures: David Tytler

A day of celebration at Blythburgh. Pictures: David Tytler - Credit: Archant

A day of celebration at Blythburgh, including a dog show. Pictures: David Tytler

A day of celebration at Blythburgh, including a dog show. Pictures: David Tytler - Credit: Archant


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