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Art trail to commemorate The Great War...

An ambitious art project to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War in 1918 is to be held in Bury St Edmunds. The venture is a collaboration between the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Ourburystedmunds, which organised the hugely successful Wolf Trail last year, and the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital.

The trail is being launched in the week leading up to Remembrance Day, on Monday November 7, with the support of the Bury St Edmunds Royal British Legion branch. It’s hoped that many of the artists who created works for the Wolf Trail will be inspired to get involved with this new project.

Fundraising Manager for My WiSH Charity Sue Smith said: “It’s so important for today’s generation not to forget The Great War and I hope this event in 2018 will be thought-provoking and educational as well as ultimately benefitting the charity. We are only in the very early stages of planning but I’d like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in some way.”

Chief Executive of Ourburystedmunds Mark Cordell said: “The Wolf Trail was a wonderful event for Bury St Edmunds and resulted in a lot of interest in the town. The artists who took part made some stunning and unique creations and I hope many of them will want to be involved in this special art trail too. It’s helping a charity that could benefit anyone in West Suffolk and marking a very important part of our history.”

Joining Sue and Mark at the War Memorial on Angel Hill to help launch the project will be David Kemp who chairs the Bury St Edmunds branch of the Royal British Legion. He added: “It’s a fitting time of year to announce this art trail and I very much look forward to hearing more about it as the plans progress.”

The artworks, which can be an interpretation of anything connected to the First World War, will be displayed in public spaces and buildings across the town. Anyone wanting to get involved with the project should contact Sue Smith on 01284 712952.

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