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Bury St Edmunds' history is focus of new trail in landmark year for the town...

Bury St Edmunds' history is focus of new trail in landmark year for the town


A new trail is to shine a light on figures and events from Bury St Edmunds’ past as the town celebrates a landmark anniversary.


The activity will act as a journey of discovery on 20 fascinating subjects as participants are tasked to find landmarks, blue plaques and specially designed graphics.


It is part of this year’s celebrations marking 1,000 years since the foundation of the Abbey of St Edmund.


Organised by Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, with help from historian Martyn Taylor, it focuses on individuals who have a connection to the town or played a key role in its history such as the abbey’s Abbots, Charles Dickens, Sybil Andrews and James Oakes.


Mr Cordell was involved in previous town trails which focused on the St Edmund wolf, World War One and the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.


“We know that these attract people into the town as they can participate for free and whilst there take advantage of some of the great shops and food and drink businesses in the town,” he said.


“As this year is so significant for the town with the Abbey 1,000 celebrations, it seemed wholly appropriate for the focus of this year’s trail to be linked to the history of the town over the past 1,000 years.”


The Abbey 1,000 Heritage Trial is scheduled to run from May 23 to St Edmund’s Day on November 20 with a leaflet to be produced and Our Bury St Edmunds providing shopping vouchers as prizes.


Businesses are being encouraged to sponsor the trail.


A packed programme of events has been planned for the Abbey celebrations including a mosaic community art project at the arc shopping centre, tours and music.


Meanwhile, 100 Benedictine monks and nuns will gather in Bury St Edmunds on May 23 and 24 for the first time in 500 years since the dissolution of the monasteries.


A monthly changing display of sculptures will be on display between May and November in the crypt within the Abbey ruins and the 73rd Aldeburgh Festival will hold its opening night at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.


The celebrations are due to culminate in a light projection show in November.


To sponsor the Abbey 1,000 Heritage Trail, contact Mark Cordell at Our Bury St Edmunds on 01284 766258.




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