Life’s a beach this weekend

Mark Cordell and the Bury Free Press team, with some sticks of rock and our 'Beat It' appeal posters.
Mark Cordell and the Bury Free Press team, with some sticks of rock and our 'Beat It' appeal posters.

Bury St Edmunds residents won’t have to go to the beach this bank holiday weekend - because the beach is coming to them.

It might not be the weather for speedos and sunglasses, but a sandy beach will be in place in the Traverse on Sunday and Monday.

Visitors will be able to build sandcastles, relax in deckchairs - before walking just metres to buy a pair of shoes in Scarlet or do their banking in Halifax.

There will also be seaside rock for sale, with funds from each stick sold going to our Beat It! Appeal.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bid4Bury, said the beach would be the highlight of this year’s Whitsun Fayre.

“We’re planning on giving Lowestoft, Dunwich and Southwold a run for their money this year by bringing a beach to Bury St Edmunds for the first time.

“Although the waves won’t actually be crashing on the sand, there will be the sounds of seagulls and the sea to help people get the full beach experience,” he said.

The Whitsiun Fayre event is the third organised by Bid4Bury.

Jackie Regan, Bid4Bury’s events manager, said this year’s event would see the return of some familiar favourites.

“We’re definitely seeing the return of the children’s farm area, with baby lambs, chicks and goats that’s always one of the most popular elements of the Fayre and we’ll have a wide variety of stalls in our World Market as well as flowers and plants which so many visitors love.

In last week’s story - ‘Probus does its bit to boost Beat It! Appeal - Probus’ chairman was named as Maurice Watkins. This was an error, the group’s chairman is Maurice Buxton.