Pilgrims embark on trek to celebrate St Edmund’s anniversary

Sarah Friswell is doing a pilgrimage from London to St Edmundsbury Cathedral to mark 1,000 years since the moving of St Edmund's body.
Sarah Friswell is doing a pilgrimage from London to St Edmundsbury Cathedral to mark 1,000 years since the moving of St Edmund's body.
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A group of pilgrims are to replicate a walk embarked upon 1,000 years ago to return the body of St Edmund from a safe haven in London to its rightful home in Bury St Edmunds.

More than 20 people have signed up for the 85 mile trek from St Paul’s to St Edmundsbury Cathedrals from August 5 to 9 to celebrate the anniversary.

St Edmund’s body was moved in 1010 to the former St Gregory’s Church, which was adjacent to St Paul’s, to protect it from Viking raiders.

It was returned to the shrine in the Abbey of St Edmund three years later.

The walk is a joint venture between the dioceses of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Chelmsford, which are both celebrating their centenaries next year.

Organiser Sarah Friswell, PR manager at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, who has worked with Nick Ellis, a representative from Chelmsford, said: “The pilgrimage not only marks an historic event, it will also make a significant impact on the communities through which it passes as prayers will be said at the beginning and end of each day’s walk.”

The walk will be led by the Reverend Canon Philip Banks, Precentor of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

It culminates on August 9 with a service at the cathedral.