Bury St Edmunds is to have a dramatic reminder of its heritage positioned at a gateway to the town.
A sculpture embodying the wolf from the legend of St Edmund, as depicted in a number of logos and crests belonging to organisations in the town, is to be located on the Southgate Green roundabout.
It will feature a wolf guarding the crown of St Edmund and is hoped to be in place ready for St Edmund’s Day on November 20.
Sarah Stamp, county councillor for the Hardwick division, said: “I am really pleased to be supporting this project – not only will this beautiful statue brighten up one of the important gateways into our town but it will also serve as an important reminder of our heritage and the fascinating story of St Edmund.”
The wolf will be sculpted from mature oak by Ben Loughrill, from Halesworth, and will stand around 7ft tall, while the crown will be made by Nigel Kaines from Designs on Metal, in Stowlangtoft.
The Bury in Bloom project is being funded by Bennett Homes, Bury Town Council, Our Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council through locality budgets from Cllr Stamp and Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer.
It will also incorporate pieces of stone donated by the Abbey Hotel, which originally came from the Abbey.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “It’s fantastic it has come together so well.”
Cllr Stamp said she was also excited about an offer from the sculptor to work with children in some local schools.
“It’s a great way of engaging their creativity whilst helping them learn about history,” she said.