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Suffolk Day: Here's how the county's residents celebrated this year

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Suffolk Day, which takes place each year on June 21, celebrates everything our home county has to offer.

From stunning views and diverse communities to booming businesses and rich cultural history, Suffolk is home to so many things to be proud of.

Here's how residents across the county have been marking the occasion and celebrating today:

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Picture by Mark Westley
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Picture by Mark Westley

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said: “Suffolk Day is for me a day to give thanks. We give thanks for the all the people across our county who give their time, effort and energy for the sake of others.

“Our county is suffused with a generous spirit, and we see that in the countless ways where individuals, community groups and churches are providing support and care, food and fellowship, for those in need.

“We see it too in the way those across our county who work in public service go the extra mile after mile after mile.

“So Suffolk Day is a time to give thanks for all whose kindness, care, expertise and experience is used for the sake of others.”

Several councils, including Suffolk County Council and Halesworth Town Council, have been flying the Suffolk Flag to mark the day.

Based on St Edmund's coat of arms, the flag is blue and yellow and displays a crown and two arrows symbolising the story.

Other residents opted to visit National Trust site Orford Ness for their Suffolk Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations and the Festival of Suffolk, five people have been awarded with Suffolk Medals today.

Boshor Ali, James Buckle, Maggi Hambling, Dame Clare Marx and Nigel Oakley were given the honours at Framlingham Castle.

Councillors in East Suffolk visited allotments in Lowestoft with the team and children from YMCA Trinity Shine project.

Cllr James Reeder and Cllr Ryan Harvey said they had a 'beautiful morning' and that it was 'outstanding to see the fabulous work they do.'

And MPs were among those who shared their Suffolk Day messages on social media.

Other organisations marked the day with stunning pictures of their villages and towns.

How are you celebrating Suffolk Day? Let us know in the comments.