Felixstowe: Seafront alive with colour to celebrate the Jubilee

It might have been cold and raining this weekend, but Felixstowe’s seafront was alive with colour as people gathered to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

With a number of events taking place throughout the weekend, the Most Royally Decorated Beach Hut competition saw hut owners decorate the seafront with bunting, streamers and figures of the Royal family.

The competition was organised by Suffolk Coastal District Council’s resort team and the Felixstowe Futures Team.

While some residents made their own decorations others played music to get into the patriotic spirit with one 11-year-old playing God Save the Queen on the violin and another child played the national anthem on a saxophone.

The competition was judged by Claire Cook, manager of the town’s Marks and Spencer’s, along with members of the resort team, one who was dressed as the Queen.

The winner of the competition was Ken Anderson and his family. The Memory family were awarded second place, the Kerridge family third while Diane Royal was awarded the fourth prize.

Geoff Holdcroft, cabinet member for leisure and economic development, said: “It is a sign of how much respect people have for our Queen that despite the rain and cold that so many have taken part in events in Felixstowe and across the rest of our district.”

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? People in Felixstowe will be able to witness the beacon in lighting in Felixstowe tonight.

The beacon will be lit at the Cliff Top Car Park at about 10pm to mark the Diamond Jubilee and people with the celebrations due to begin at 8.30pm. There will be plenty of entertainment for residents with stalls, displays and a brass band taking part. Entry is free.