The flag of St Edmund will be flying across the town that bears the saint’s name this weekend as West Suffolk prepares for four days of celebrations, culminating in St Edmund’s Day itself on Monday, November 20.
Among the events taking place are the Mayor’s St Edmund’s Day Dinner, at The Athenaeum, a St Edmund Treasure Hunt supported by shops in Bury St Edmunds town centre and local retail parks with a £100 voucher prize and a presentation entitled “How Edmund became England’s Patron Saint” with Dr Francis Young.
In addition local schoolchildren will be able to take part in a host of Edmund-themed activities at Moyses Hall or at Denny Brothers with Crafty Foxes. Musical tributes over the weekend include a guest appearance from a former Eurovision Song Contest winner Anne Marie David.
Celebrating St Edmund’s Day is a key focus of the We Love Bury St Edmunds! group which showcases the town online and on social media as well as raising funds for charity.
James Sheen from We Love Bury St Edmunds! said: “St Edmund’s Day falls on a Monday this year, but that is no reason for us not to go for this in a big way over that weekend, and show the town, the county, and what’s more, the country that we are proud to live here. We are proud to be named after the country’s first, and dare I say, true, Patron Saint.
“Never should we hear that someone from Bury St Edmunds does not know what the 20th of November is again.”
The town centre Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds, together with the Town Council, is also getting behind the weekend by providing St Edmund flags and bunting for businesses in the town.
Chief executive Mark Cordell said: “It’s only right that we get involved with the initiative to promote St Edmund’s Day as much as we can, as we’ve previously provided bunting to businesses for St George’s Day and of course November 20 is a far more significant occasion for our town.
“The We Love Bury St Edmunds! group has worked incredibly hard to organise events for St Edmund’s Day as have a number of other organisations including the borough council and it’s by working in partnership like this that we can all ensure St Edmund has a big impact not just on Bury but all of Suffolk and further afield this year.”
More information about Edmund, King and Saint, together with a full list of the many activities in the town celebrating St Edmund’s Day can be found at www.welovebse.com. The group can also be found on Facebook.