Thousands flock to St Edmund’s community fete

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens
community family fete at the Abbey Gardens
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Sunday’s St Edmund’s fete had it all, from children’s fancy dress and best dressed teddy bear competitions to tug-of-war games and a magic show.

The community event, in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens, featured St Edmund-themed games and children’s entertainment, attracting around 2,000 people.

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

“It was just lovely to see so many people there and the traditional village fete atmosphere and community spirit that prevailed,” said borough councillor Robert Everitt.

He added: “What I like about it is the fact that everybody gets involved - police, fire, ambulance, bands, charities. It had that nice country fete feel to it and was an excellent way for the community to come together.”

Youngsters competed in the St Edmund Olympic Games and learnt circus skills, as well as how to knit, decorate cup cakes and make arrows, shields and crowns.

Sharon Fairweather, from Bury’s Tourist Information Centre, said: “Everyone seemed to have a great day and it was great to use the Abbey Gardens for a fun family event.”

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

She added: “The races were popular with the adults too with dads, mums and granddad races being the highlight.”

The event was organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s tourism team and funded by Bury Town Council.

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens

community family fete at the Abbey Gardens