The second Suffolk Day was celebrated on June 21st 2018 with events across the county.
The official launch was held in Sudbury where town mayor Sue Ayres was joined by fellow Suffolk ceremonial leaders, councillors, public figures and special guests outside Sudbury Town Hall, as she read out the Suffolk Day proclamation live on BBC Radio Suffolk. Ms Ayres said: “This is the second Suffolk Day, launched last year in Ipswich, and is designed to celebrate all the good things about our beautiful county. We have historic towns, villages, an incredible coast and so much unspoilt countryside. We have wonderful museums, parks, fantastic local food, with so much art and culture, music, theatres dance, but also innovative businesses to take us forward. We hope Suffolk Day will continue being an annual celebration, and that the honour is shared in future years among our many friends gathered here today. So let us shout about our love for Suffolk.”
Suffolk Day was instigated by Mark Murphy from BBC Radio Suffolk. The 2018 celebrations were supported by community groups, councils and businesses from across the county. The creation of a “Suffolk Day” logo and bunting is a big boost to the day itself. The Suffolk Flag was widely flown. The day was extensively covered by local radio, TV and the press.
Suffolk Day was used to launch the Suffolk Young Poets Competition for 2018. The Suffolk Young Poets Competition is one of the UK’s oldest poetry showcases for children’s writing. Since 1989, the Competition has received nearly 35,000 entries – extraordinary for just one county. Each year Poetry People runs workshops in Suffolk schools to encourage young writing talent.