Magistrates’ flower bed unveiled in gardens

In the pouring rain in the Abbey Gardens, magistrates gather around the new flower bed, unveiled to mark the 650th anniversary of lay magistrates in the justice system.

In the pouring rain in the Abbey Gardens, magistrates gather around the new flower bed, unveiled to mark the 650th anniversary of lay magistrates in the justice system.

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A FLOWER bed has been officially unveiled in a town beauty spot to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the lay magistrates’ role in the justice system.

The colourful display in a plot reserved for special events in the Abbey Gardens commemorates the 1361 Act of Parliament which created Justices of the Peace.

It was planted after the Suffolk Magistrates’ Association approached the parks service last year.

Secretary Sylvia Roberts said: “It has restrained, refined, careful colours that reflect the work of the magistracy and follow the logo devised for this year of celebration.”

The bed was ‘handed over’ to the Bury St Edmunds bench as a symbol and thanks to magistrates in the county and country.

There was also a walk led by Blue Badge guide Anthony Mitchell following the places of legal interest around the town.