1000th anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmund postponed until 2022

Organisers planning to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmund have put off events to mark the occasion … the second time they have had to postpone the celebrations.

They have now hoping to hold events in 2022 because of the continuing problems faced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Activities planned for 2020, which marked 1000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund, in Bury St Edmunds, by King Canute, were initially postponed to this year due to Covid-19. 

Chairman Libby Ranzetta said the Abbey 1000 Group had taken the decision to postpone the celebratory events again so that the group could hopefully provide a full programme of events in 2022.

She said: “At this time there is a lot of uncertainty around when the current national lockdown will end and what government restrictions and guidance will be in place afterwards which made the planning of events, which were due to start in April, very difficult.

“It has become increasingly clear that we could not hold the full programme in 2021 and we want the year to have a celebratory feel which is just not possible at present. 

“There is good reason to be optimistic that 2022 will be much better with vaccines and treatments for Covid being rolled out and we are looking forward to putting on an even more exciting programme of events that everyone can enjoy.”

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