New life for Lucas as a Bury carriage horse

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A NEW face is now making the rounds in Bury St Edmunds, taking visitors on carriage tours around the town.

Four-year-old Lucas is the newest recruit to join the team, providing a popular attraction this summer.

The Breton gelding will join two experienced carriage horses Gypsy and Star to take people around the historic town.

Duncan Drye, who organises the tours, said: “Lucas is our new apprentice.

“He was rescued from a French meat market and will be learning alongside our two experience dhorses, Gypsy and Star. They pull our 60-year-old waggonette.

“We love making a special occasion of our rides and the driver and groom tell passengers stories about the route and about working with horses.

“We are looking forward to the summer in Bury.”

The tour runs from outside the Tourist Information Centre every Wednesday and Saturday between 10.30am and 4pm.

Sharon Fairweather, tourism officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “The carriage rides are very popular with all ages.

“It is a lovely way to see the Georgian heart of the town and hear a brief history of Greene King, the Theatre Royal, the Great Churchyard and Angel Hill.”