Minister for Sport and Tourism pays a visit to Bury St Edmunds

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston, in the grounds of the Abbey Gardens with, left to right, Martina Georgieva, Jo Churchil, Libby Ranzetta, Adrian Tindall and Sue Warren. Photo: Phil Morley.

Nigel Huddleston, the Minister for Sport and Tourism, paid a visit to  Bury St Edmunds, yesterday, Tuesday, September 28, as part of a Suffolk-wide tour organised by Visit East of England.

He was taken on a guided tour of the Abbey Gardens and ruins of the Benedictine Abbey of St Edmund, where he was told about the importance of the Abbey and St Edmund to the town and learnt about the Abbey 1000 celebrations planned for 2022.

During his visit he met Sue Warren, brand manager at Bury St Edmunds and Beyond; Adrian Tindall, chair of Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides; and Libby Ranzetta, chair of the Abbey 1000 Group, who are organising next year’s celebrations.

Mr Huddleston also met the Abbey Gardens manager, Martina Georgieva, and heard how she and her team work at keeping the gardens in bloom and looking beautiful for visitors. The 14-acre Gardens were listed as the fifth most visited free attraction in England welcoming some 1,021,048 visitors last year by VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey 2020.

He said: “It was fantastic to visit Bury St Edmunds and see first-hand many of the brilliant attractions on offer for tourists and visitors to the area. It has been a good summer for our domestic tourism and hospitality sector and I will continue to do all I can to champion and support this important industry.”

Sue Warren added: “The minister’s visit provided a unique opportunity to tell him about the bumper summer visitor season we have enjoyed here in Bury St Edmunds and also the ongoing challenges still faced by our tourism businesses. It also gave us the chance to tell the minister about why the Abbey of St Edmund and Saint Edmund was and is so important to our town, and all about the 1000-year celebrations of the Abbey that will take place next year and of course show off the Abbey Gardens as our top visitor attraction.”

Mr Huddleston’s visit to Bury St Edmunds was part of his two-day tour of the region, which also included Ely Cathedral, the National Horseracing Museum, at Newmarket, Southwold Pier, Adnams Brewery, Sutton Hoo and the Suffolk Food Hall, as well as an overnight stay in Ipswich.

For more information about things to see and do in Bury St Edmunds visit www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk.

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