Museum celebrates artist’s 288th year

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The museum dedicated to Thomas Gainsborough will open for free on Saturday to celebrate the Sudbury-born artist’s 288th birthday.

Starting at 10am, a special garlanding ceremony is set to take place at the Thomas Gainsborough statue on Market Hill.

The Sudbury mayor and mayoress will officiate the proceedings with live music provided by The Minstrels.

Throughout Saturday, the museum and gallery will be free of charge, with children’s activities, refreshments and guided walks taking place.

Mark Bills, director of Gainsborough’s House, said the museum offers something for all ages.

“I am delighted that we can open our doors free to everyone and I hope that people will take the opportunity to come and have a look,” he said.

“It would be great to see all those who have never been and those who haven’t been for some time.”