Bury St Edmunds’ role in the drawing up of the Magna Carta is being recognised in a colourful display of street furniture around the town centre this summer.
Bollards have been decorated with pictures of the 25 Barons and the Archbishop of Canterbury who reportedly met in secret in the Abbey Church in 1214 to discuss compelling King John to sign the Charter of Liberties.
And today the Bury Free Press launches an exciting competition to find all 26 bollards for a chance to win prizes including an iPad mini and shopping vouchers.
The competition is being run in conjunction with the Business Improvement District Ourburystedmunds and the Bury St Edmunds Round Table.
Ourburystedmunds Director Mark Daly said: “This is a great way to learn a little more about our town’s historic links with the Great Charter, which the Magna Carta 800 Committee has worked so hard to promote.
Coastline Graphics have made the bollards look really spectacular and very eye-catching. We have some great prizes on offer so I hope lots of people will be inspired to find all 26 bollards.”
This week we publish the first of the entry forms that will appear in the paper for the next four weeks.
All you need to do is cut out the entry form and when you are out and about in Bury St Edmunds look for 26 different Magna Carta themed bollards in the town centre. As you spot each of them, write the letter corresponding to the Barons’ names on the entry form.
You must correctly place a letter by each of the names to be in with a chance of winning.
Prizes for adults and children have been kindly sponsored by Ourburystedmunds, Camps Stationers in The Traverse and the Bury St Edmunds Round Table.
For adults there is a first and second prize of £50 and £25 worth of vouchers at an Ourburystedmunds member business.
Children (under the age of 16) can win a first prize of an iPad mini, a second prize of a £25 iTunes voucher and runners-up prizes of pens kindly donated by Camps in The Traverse.
Entries must be in by August 31st so there is plenty of time to seek out all the bollards without having to try to find all of them in one visit to the town.
Download an application form online by visiting www.ourburystedmunds.com