Sudbury celebrates birthday of its most famous son

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday
Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue.
Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House
Beryl Ruse, Stephen Harpur volunteers with Maddie 10 and Millie 8 Strolenberg Mayor Sue Ayres and Deputy 
Mayor Sarah Page
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145210009
SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue. Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House Beryl Ruse, Stephen Harpur volunteers with Maddie 10 and Millie 8 Strolenberg Mayor Sue Ayres and Deputy Mayor Sarah Page Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145210009
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The birthday of Sudbury’s most famous son Thomas Gainsborough was celebrated on Saturday with a host of activities.

The day kicked off with the traditional garlanding of Gainsborough’s statue in Market Hill, Sudbury, before speeches from Gainsborough’s House executive director Mark Bills and Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres.

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday
Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue.
Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House
Beryl Ruse, Stephen Harpur volunteers with Maddie 10 and Millie 8 Strolenberg Mayor Sue Ayres and Deputy 
Mayor Sarah Page
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145158009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue. Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House Beryl Ruse, Stephen Harpur volunteers with Maddie 10 and Millie 8 Strolenberg Mayor Sue Ayres and Deputy Mayor Sarah Page Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145158009

A procession then led the visitors and participants back to Gainsborough’s House for a day full of activities.

This included free entry, guided tours of the museum and gallery, craft and dressing up opportunities for children and live music from the Great Waldingfield Bush Band.

Arabella McKessar, development officer at the house, said around 200 people had visited with new ‘friends’ members signed up as a result.

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday
Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue.
Great Waldingfield Bush Band
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145221009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue. Great Waldingfield Bush Band Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145221009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday
Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue.
Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House
and Stephen Harpur
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145232009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue. Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House and Stephen Harpur Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145232009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday
Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue.
Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House
and Stephen Harpur
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145133009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue. Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House and Stephen Harpur Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145133009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday
Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue.
Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House
Beryl Ruse, Stephen Harpur volunteers with Maddie 10 and Millie 8 Strolenberg Mayor Sue Ayres and Deputy 
Mayor Sarah Page
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145255009

SUDBURY: Gainsborough's birthday Market Hill, Sudbury by St Peter's and Gainsborough Statue. Mark Bills director of Gainsborough House Beryl Ruse, Stephen Harpur volunteers with Maddie 10 and Millie 8 Strolenberg Mayor Sue Ayres and Deputy Mayor Sarah Page Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-145255009