Popular wolf sculpture on Bury St Edmunds roundabout receives a clean-up

Melanie Lesser and Ben Loughrill with the St Edmunds Wolf Sculpture

Melanie Lesser and Ben Loughrill with the St Edmunds Wolf Sculpture

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The popular wolf sculpture on a prominent Bury St Edmunds roundabout has received a spruce-up from its creator.

Sculptor Ben Loughrill, of Halesworth, gave the St Edmund’s Wolf, on the Southgate Green roundabout, its first major clean.

The statue, which was installed in 2013, was commissioned by the Bury Society’s In Bloom group.

Co-ordinator Melanie Lesser said: “He used a sander to take off the black that had formed over the last three years to bring him back to his original colour.

“The sculpture has weathered really well and hasn’t had any major damage at all.

“It was made from an oak tree which came down during the 1987 storms.”

The clean-up has received the thumbs up from Bennett Homes which sponsors the roundabout and Bury Rugby Club, which ties its scarf around the sculpture every time it has a home match.

Staff from St Edmundsbury Borough Council also apply Tung Oil to the wolf every few months to prevent the wood from drying and cracking.

The wolf guards St Edmund’s crown which sits atop some of the Abbey stonework as a reminder of the saint and martyre’s importance.