Gallery: Ghostly-goings on across the town

SUFFOLK: A spook-tacular time was had by revellers when they celebrated Halloween with a ghoulish array of outfits.

The year’s spookiest day saw people don ghostly attire and youngsters take to the streets for trick-or-treating.

Police in Suffolk reported a busier than usual night on Saturday, which Inspector Chris Wolton believed could be linked to the festivities.

He said: “We were above average for the number of events on Saturday. We had 15 firework-related calls and eight that were directly associated with Halloween.

“Another factor could have been the fact it was pay day for a number of people.”

In the days leading up to the big event, staff at stores across the town took part in Halloween-orientated fundraisers.

Customers at Sainsbury’s in Lower Brook Street were given a fright on Saturday as staff dressed up to raise funds for a worthy cause.

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Erica Judd, a spokeswoman for the store, said: “Witches, vampires and devils were getting into the spirit of Halloween as staff were raising money for their local charity partner, Ipswich Sea Cadets.” Meanwhile, parents and toddlers dressed up to officially open the newly built Claydon Pre-School.

The school has been built in Thornhill Road to offer a state-of-the-art new home for youngsters who previously had to use the out-dated facilities at the village’s community centre.

In Kesgrave, kids celebrated with a party at The Bell pub, while in Felixstowe, scores of people turned out to help raise money in memory of tiny tot Regan Moir.

Regan died tragically at just 27 weeks after being diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy.

However, the Halloween celebrations of Ipswich resident Katherine Salter were dampened after vandals smashed up a giant pumpkin she had been growing.

Mrs Salter, of Rectory Road, had been growing the pumpkin at her plot at Maidenhall Allotments in Halifax Road since June.

But the mother-of-three was stunned to find the pumpkin smashed to pieces early yesterday.

She said: “Someone had put their foot through it and then smashed it up. It’s just selfish and pointless behaviour. We had grown 11 pumpkins and this was the last one left saved especially for Halloween. It measured 20 inches across and about 65 inches all the way round.

“Fortunately some of it was still edible and we were able to serve trick or treaters with pumpkin cakes.”

n What did you do for Halloween? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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