County town celebrates the best of Suffolk’s sights, sounds and tastes for Suffolk Day
Hundreds flew the flag for Suffolk today as people celebrated the first ever Suffolk Day.
Events took place across Ipswich to mark the day, with the county’s delicious food and drink taking a starring role.
Suffolk Food Hall director Russ Haddow said it was a day to realise how lucky you were to live in Suffolk.
“From our point of view this is a day to look out of your window, step out of your car and see what Suffolk has to offer,” he said.
“It is a celebration of the icons of Suffolk.
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“We have had the Suffolk Trinity here today - the Suffolk Punch horse, Red Poll cattle and the Black Faced Sheep.
“Suffolk Horse Society brought along a party of Punches giving people the chance to see and pat a bit of Suffolk heritage.
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“We also had Suffolk Landrovers Owners Club offering white knuckle rides near the Orwell Bridge.”
Jamie Willows, of the Rose House Butchery in Ipswich, created special Suffolk sausages to celebrate the day.
He said: “These sausages are free range pork from Lakenheath with our own smoked bacon and Aspall’s cider.
“Everything in them comes from Suffolk and is hand made by ourselves.
“When we heard that Suffolk Day was being celebrated I thought ‘what a great idea’,
“You hear about Lincolnshire and Cumberland sausages and we thought why not a Suffolk sausage.
“We were scratching our heads for what to go in then and thought the county is known for its pork and its cider - what a great combination.”
Ipswich Transport Museum opened its doors to the public to mark the special day.
The museum’s vice chairman Bob Mellor said: “This is the first Suffolk day and I think it is a marvellous idea.
“We’re all for supporting Suffolk.
“It has been a really busy day for us with lots going on at the museum.”
As the celebrations coincided with Hollow Trees Farm’s long-running Student Food and Farming Day, the farm decided to give the event a Suffolk Day theme.
Farm owner Sally Bendall said there were more than 400 turn up. “I think there is so much to celebrate in Suffolk.
“It is such a wonderful county.”