Celebrations will take place in a Suffolk village this weekend as the Salvation Army marks 140 years helping people in the area.

The church and charity in Lavenham will be hosting a variety of events on Sunday, June 16 and have also invited the Felixstowe Salvation Army Band to play in the market place at 2.30pm.

An afternoon tea and celebration service will then be held at the Salvation Army on The Common at 5pm. 

Major Debbie Nield, who leads the Salvation Army in Lavenham, said she is looking forward to celebrating the day with church members, supporters former Lavenham Salvation Army leaders and other dignitaries.

“I believe the enduring presence of the Salvation Army in Lavenham is a result of our close connection with the community," she said.

"We love where we are and we love the people we serve. We will continue to spread the gospel and reach people with the love of God." 

Other celebrations are set to take place later in the year including a weekend of crafts and flowers on September 21 and 22 and concerts on July 23 and October 19.