Charities set to receive thousands from sale of Bury St Edmunds ‘wolves’

Bury St Edmunds Wolf Trail launch
Bury St Edmunds Wolf Trail launch
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Charities are set to receive thousands of pounds following the success of the spectacular Bury St Edmunds Wolf Trail which ended last week.

A special St Edmund’s Day auction saw 14 of the artworks sold, raising in excess of £10,000.

The remaining wolves will be auctioned by Lacy, Scott and Knight at midday next Saturday (December 5).

Among those still available are the jute wolf that was positioned under the Norman Tower, a crochet wolf that took pride of place at Bury Town Council and a unique wolf birdbox.

Funds raised will be shared between the chosen charities of the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Patrick Chung, which include the Samaritans, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital and the women’s refuge in Bury.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, which organised the trail, working with partners who make up the ‘Town Team’ group, said: “The wolves that were auctioned at the St Edmund’s Day celebratory dinner, hosted by the mayor, were eagerly snapped up.

“I’m delighted that the new owners have kindly agreed that two of them, the mosaic wolf in the arc and the upright metal wolf in the Great Churchyard will remain in place.

“In addition, the Oak Book has been donated to the town so the wolf trail will have a long term legacy here.”

He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the wolf trail and the auctions as the wolves were a wonderful attraction for the summer.

“We are now accepting sealed bids for the remaining wolves from those who can’t get to the auction.”

Details can be found at Ourburystedmunds.com/wolftrail

A total of 26 wolves, created by local artists, were on display to celebrate the legend of St Edmund’s wolf, which is said to have guarded King Edmund’s head after he was captured and killed by the Danes.

Full details of all the wolves to be auctioned can be found at www.lskauctioncentre.co.uk