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Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The Gislingham Silver Band is playing for the D-Day 80 anniversary and beacon lighting on Mellis Common, just in front of the Railway Tavern. The band is sounding pretty good, the weather holds out, and there's even Gaz, Sandie and Jill from the BSCC - as well as Isobel, Fred (who's in the band) and Harry who's sort of there but is mostly doing his own thing. A few days before, we're over at Weybread for a bit of sailing and canoeing.

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The new dinghy is hauled out from its spot, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The new dinghy is hauled out from its spot

Harry and his friend Christopher scoop water out, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Harry and his friend Christopher scoop water out

Isobel gets her canoe out of the shed, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Isobel gets her canoe out of the shed

The dinghy's on the beach after a sailing session, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The dinghy's on the beach after a sailing session

We sit around eating a snack, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

We sit around eating a snack

Isobel wanders off with a folding chair, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Isobel wanders off with a folding chair

The GSB is set up under a marquee on the common, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The GSB is set up under a marquee on the common

The band in the marquee, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The band in the marquee

A bunch of piebald nags hang out near the band, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

A bunch of piebald nags hang out near the band

The head of the parish council chats to Adrian, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The head of the parish council chats to Adrian

Isobel and Gaz chat to Sheila, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Isobel and Gaz chat to Sheila

Gaz chats to Sheila about her book, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Gaz chats to Sheila about her book

Ron's come along to watch the band, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Ron's come along to watch the band

The band's sign , Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The band's sign

Ron and Adrian by the bus stop, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Ron and Adrian by the bus stop

Harry's off doing his own thing in the long grass, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Harry's off doing his own thing in the long grass

A flame-thrower lights up the beacon, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

A flame-thrower lights up the beacon

The crowd outside the Railway Tavern, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The crowd outside the Railway Tavern

There's a pretty good turnout on the common, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

There's a pretty good turnout on the common

The beacon is well alight , Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The beacon is well alight

Outside the Railway Tavern in Mellis, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

Outside the Railway Tavern in Mellis

The fire spreads out of the bottom of the beacon, Sailing at the Lake, and the GSB at Mellis, Suffolk - 6th June 2024

The fire spreads out of the bottom of the beacon

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The new dinghy is hauled out from its spot

The new dinghy is hauled out from its spot

Harry and his friend Christopher scoop water out

Isobel gets her canoe out of the shed

The dinghy's on the beach after a sailing session

We sit around eating a snack

Isobel wanders off with a folding chair

The GSB is set up under a marquee on the common

The band in the marquee

A bunch of piebald nags hang out near the band

The head of the parish council chats to Adrian

Isobel and Gaz chat to Sheila

Gaz chats to Sheila about her book

Ron's come along to watch the band

The band's sign

Ron and Adrian by the bus stop

Harry's off doing his own thing in the long grass

A flame-thrower lights up the beacon

The crowd outside the Railway Tavern

There's a pretty good turnout on the common

The beacon is well alight

Outside the Railway Tavern in Mellis

The fire spreads out of the bottom of the beacon