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Festival of Suffolk 2022



The Festival is Suffolk’s unique contribution to the national Jubilee celebrations as the country and Commonwealth marks the historic Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, her 70-year reign as Monarch and her impact on the world. To find out more please use this link to be redirected to The Festival of Suffolk 2022 webpages.


 torchmap4Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay in Thurston 

Thurston was delighted to be part of the 550-mile torch relay which visited 250 towns and villages in Suffolk as part of a major event, celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The torch started its journey in Brandon on Friday 13th May and made its way through towns and villages, reaching its conclusion at the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, on Wednesday 1st June. 

The Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay will form a key part of the celebrations which are set to become the county’s biggest ever community event.  Selected community heroes accompanied the torch as it made its way around the county, alongside the Bury St. Edmunds rickshaw team, with rickshaws from Stowmarket and Framlingham joining along the route. 

The torch provides light, symbolising a bright and prosperous future for the country. Its function is threefold:  

  • To herald the Festival of Suffolk 
  • To transmit a message of peace, unity and friendship to the people of Suffolk  
  • To showcase all that is good in Suffolk, its places and people.  

Earlier in the year, the Parish Council were asked to nominate worthy individuals to carry the torch for Thurston and to travel in the rickshaws.  

The Parish Council chose to nominate Derrick Haley in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the village of Thurston and Hayley Pollard in recognition for her passion and commitment to the village and her work in the community. 

The torch arrived at 4.15pm on Monday 23rd May in Thurston at Pokeriage Corner where Hayley Pollard received the torch and boarded the rickshaw. The rickshaw made its way along Thedwastre Road into Sandpit Lane, along Norton Road and down Station Hill where it stopped at New Green Centre for a photo shoot.  

Derrick Haley then took over the role of torch bearer and mounted the rickshaw to complete the journey from New Green Centre to the Primary School on Pond Lane, Norton Road. The torch left the village along Norton Road to continue its celebratory journey.