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Norwich celebrates the Diamond Jubilee in style on Monday

Kath Smith, left, and Janet Howard man two of the stalls at the Trafford Road Jubilee garden party. Picture: Denise Bradley

Kath Smith, left, and Janet Howard man two of the stalls at the Trafford Road Jubilee garden party. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Thousands of people have taken advantage of the bank holiday to take part in more Diamond Jubilee celebrations across the Greater Norwich area today.

In Thorpe St Andrew, traditional afternoon tea, talented dogs and funfair rides were the order of the day at the recreation ground in Laundry Lane. The pavilion meant for tea, cake and sandwiches while many ogled 30-plus classic cars.

Meanwhile, youngsters Solveig Oswald and Joe Bond-Preston were the guests of honour at Trowse’s celebrations as they took on the roles of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Wrestling, vintage vehicles and fireworks helped families celebrate in Costessey, where the annual fete and fair at the Costessey Centre in Longwater Lane was given a royal theme with stalls and gazebos decked out in Union Jack flags and bunting.

A rodeo bull, a climbing wall and the evil galactic empire proved big draws for children at the Old Catton fun day. Hundreds of people headed to the recreation ground in Church Street for the chance to meet Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader.

For the community around King Street, the day provided further opportunity to show just how far the area has come.

The day saw a collective effort by individuals, businesses and attractions in the area as a ‘Big Lunch’ was held at a number of venues hosting picnics and lunches.

Families in Trafford Road celebrated with a garden and street party. Both events were held to raise money for the cycling paramedic team in Norwich city centre and Kerry greyhounds.

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