Bury wins most active town award

Winners and finalists celebrate at the Most Active County Town and Village awards presentation on the Ipswich Waterfront.
Small Village winners Jill Kent and Tracey Tompkins from Mendham; Town winner Mark Cordell from Bury St Edmunds and  Small Village winners Jan McLardy and Catherine Clark from Hundon ANL-160315-194255009
Winners and finalists celebrate at the Most Active County Town and Village awards presentation on the Ipswich Waterfront. Small Village winners Jill Kent and Tracey Tompkins from Mendham; Town winner Mark Cordell from Bury St Edmunds and Small Village winners Jan McLardy and Catherine Clark from Hundon ANL-160315-194255009
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Bury St Edmunds has been named as the Most Active Town in Suffolk for its wealth of sports activities.

The town was announced as the winner of the competition, which is run by Suffolk County Council, during a ceremony in Ipswich on Tuesday evening.

The sheer number of sporting events and organisations that Bury boasts justifies the title, according to Mark Cordell, the chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, which put forward the town’s nomination.

“This is another accolade for Bury and we are really pleased as we felt with all the extra we do in this town we ought to win,” said Mr Cordell.

“Lots of towns in Suffolk do great things but we are always trying to do more.”

Bury is home to a plethora of sporting clubs, including football, cricket, athletics and rugby. It has a volunteer led park run, leisure centre and the county’s only Tchoukball club.

In 2015 it put on a range of events to promote active lifestyles, including the nine-day Festival of Sport in September and the ice-skating rink, which was open in December.

Mr Cordell said these initiatives had played a big part in helping Bury claim the most active town title, beating Kesgrave into second place.

“That certainly contributed to the decision of Bury winning this prestigious award,” he said.

“It’s particularly pleasing to have had this initiative recognised in this way and allows us to build on all the strengths of last year’s event.”

The Festival of Sport will return this summer, with the first day of the festival, on July 10, coinciding with a memorable day of sporting events internationally and locally.

The men’s final at Wimbeldon, the Euro 2016 final and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as well as the Women on Wheels cycle challenge at Nowton Park all take place on the same day.

As part of the festival a Street Velodrome will be put on in Charter Square from July 15 to 17.