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Suffolk Day: 'Chain Gang' mayors gather at Ipswich Town Hall to celebrate historic day

PUBLISHED: 13:21 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:25 21 June 2017

Mayors from across Suffolk got together in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day.
Ipswich Mayor Sarah Barber led proceedings.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mayors from across Suffolk got together in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day. Ipswich Mayor Sarah Barber led proceedings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber delivered a speech hailing Suffolk's "incredible coast", "unspoilt countryside" and the region's "finest" football team, which generated a slightly ironic cheer from the crowd.

Almost 20 mayors, mayoresses, chairmen and consorts from across Suffolk gathered at Ipswich Town Hall for Councillor Barber’s speech (which starts at 2:00 in our Facebook Live video).

See here for live coverage of Suffolk Day.

Mayors from across Suffolk got together in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day.
Ipswich Mayor Sarah Barber led proceedings.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMayors from across Suffolk got together in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day. Ipswich Mayor Sarah Barber led proceedings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The county is celebrating the first-ever Suffolk Day today, with various events happening across the region.

Councillor Barber said: “We have historic towns, villages, the incredible coast and so much unspoilt countryside. We have fantastic local food, so much art and culture, and innovative businesses to take us forward. We have museums, parks, breweries and also the finest football club in the region.

“We are all proud of our county and the wonderful people who live and work here. Today, people of all ages will get involved, underlining the past, present and future.

“We hope Suffolk Day will become an annual celebration and while it is fitting to read this proclamation from the heart of Suffolk’s county town, it is only right that the honour is shared in future years among our many friends gathered here today.”

Mayors from across Suffolk got together in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMayors from across Suffolk got together in Ipswich to celebrate Suffolk Day. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Beccles, Bury, Haverhill, Hadleigh, Sudbury, Felixstowe, Needham Market, Woodbridge, Framlingham and Mildenhall were represented in the county town to join in the celebration of everything that is good about Suffolk.

See also if you can get all 10 questions correct in our Suffolk Day quiz.

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