Peace Garden to open in Bury St Edmunds on Holocaust Memorial Day

The Peace Garden, in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds - Image by Giles Hill, of the Land & Sculpture Design Partnership ANL-150122-105639001

The Peace Garden, in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds - Image by Giles Hill, of the Land & Sculpture Design Partnership ANL-150122-105639001

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A Peace Garden featuring a one and a half metre tall teardrop sculpture is to open in Bury St Edmunds next week.

The new feature in the Abbey Gardens will be unveiled at a service on Tuesday, January 27 at 10.30am to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The Memorial Garden Trust has raised more than £11,000 for the project.

Rob Lock, of the trust, said: “In addition to providing a more dignified setting for the annual holocaust service the Peace Garden is also designed to commemorate the murder of 57 Jews in our town on Palm Sunday, 19 March 1190. It is an event in our town’s history that the trust felt needed to be publicly acknowledged.

“The teardrop is a natural and universal symbol of pity and persecution, of human suffering and sorrow. It is made from polished stainless steel; its mirrored surface reflects back to us the role we all must play in opposing humanity’s inhumanity.”

The Peace Garden, which is being installed by Urban Forestry, includes 57 cobble stones - one for each of the victims of the 1190 massacre. There will also be two benches. The trust was formed by local residents and supported by the borough council, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and members of Suffolk’s Jewish community.