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Walnut tree used by newlyweds posing for wedding pictures in Stowmarket brought down by Storm Eleanor

PUBLISHED: 17:50 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 03 January 2018

The walnut tree in Milton Road South. Picture: PATRICK ROBERTS

The walnut tree in Milton Road South. Picture: PATRICK ROBERTS

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A walnut tree which brought joy to happy couples posing for their wedding pictures was destroyed today after being brought down by Storm Eleanor gales.

Newlyweds were often photographed under the branches of the tree, in the grounds of the historic Milton House where Stowmarket Town Council, Mid Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau and the town’s registry office are based.

But this will no longer be the case now that the tree has been completely destroyed by tree surgeons after being brought down by the stormy weather.

Patrick Roberts, who managed to take a picture of the tree before it was cut up, said it came down in the wind at around 9am today.

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No serious injuries have been reported from the collision

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