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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

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


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