Appeal for sponsorship as Magna Carta celebrations draw near

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Organisers of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the Magna Carta in Bury St Edmunds which include displaying an original copy of the historic document are appealing for sponsorship.

The Bury Society’s Magna Carta 800 committee hopes to display an original copy in St Edmundsbury Cathedral next May for about four weeks.

They have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for an £84,000 grant to help present and for schools to visit it with the possibility of costumed interpreters explaining its historical significance.

They are also seeking sponsorship as a light and sound event is planned for October to celebrate the Magna Carta and St Edmund.

In 1214, it is understood that the Barons came to the Abbey of St Edmund to swear an oath to make King John seal a a charter, which he did the following year.

Those who wish to sponsor, contact Margaret Charlesworth on 01284 763073.