A full day of events is planned to mark this year’s Suffolk Harvest at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday 13 October. Live music from local bands, craft ales to enjoy and the chance to see the Suffolk Trinity (Suffolk Punch, Red Poll cattle and Suffolk sheep) await visitors from 11 am to 4 pm in the area near the Norman Tower.
During the morning a procession of tractors, organised by the Young Farmers, makes its way to Angel Hill where they will assemble from 12 noon. A procession of giant vegetables and a ‘paper’ tractor, made by local school children and a local Cub pack, weaves its way through the town from the arc to arrive at the Cathedral in time for the service at 2.00pm. The 45-minute service, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy and Lesley Dolphin, includes traditional hymns, readings and prayers. Wheelbarrows of produce and donations will be offered during the singing. Donations to the Gatehouse foodbank (tinned only please) can be made on the day. The event is free.
‘Our theme is ‘Thanksgiving for Suffolk’s Harvest, celebrating local food and drink and tackling food poverty’, comments the Very Reverend Joe Hawes, the Dean of St Edmundsbury. ‘We want to offer a fresh take on Harvest and we are delighted to be working with many partners from the agricultural community as well as the local foodbank.’ The entertainment continues after the service with Morris dancers, another procession of wheelbarrows and the crowning of the Harvest King and Queen.