Our Bury St Edmunds trail will celebrate 1,000 years of history

One thousand years of a town’s history will be unlocked this summer in a trail of local landmarks, which could lead to prizes for those taking part.

The trail around Bury St Edmunds follows on from previous years’ events which have featured work by local artists commemorating historic events and honouring stars who have appeared at the town’s theatre.

For 2020, the Business Improvement District (BID) Organisation Our Bury St Edmunds has organised the Abbey 1000 Heritage Trail in conjunction with local historian and chairman of The Bury Society Martyn Taylor. The trail will be supported by Coastline Graphics which, as in previous years, is a creative partner and major sponsor.

Chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Mark Cordell said: “Our previous trails have been wonderful events for Bury St Edmunds and we certainly saw from the Wolf Trail, which focussed on the story of St Edmund, how much interest there was in the history of the town. This year, as we celebrate 1,000 years of the Abbey, we’ll be including landmarks, blue plaques and specially designed graphics to focus on individuals including Charles Dickens, James Oakes and some of the Abbots from the Abbey.

“We know that people love following the trails, which are free to take part in, and it really adds something to a visit to the town – they can make a day of it with some shopping or perhaps a meal at the same time.”

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

Pictured above are Martyn Taylor and Mark Cordell at one of the landmarks that will feature in the Abbey 1000 Heritage Trail.

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