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Bike sculpture is prelude to World War One trail




Trudi Edmunds (centre) with Gwyn Thomas, honorary curator; Sue Smith, of My WiSH; Emma Valentine, of Treatt, Mark Cordell, of Our Bury St Edmunds, Tim Davies, senior volunteer. Picture: Mark Westley (1950054)
Trudi Edmunds (centre) with Gwyn Thomas, honorary curator; Sue Smith, of My WiSH; Emma Valentine, of Treatt, Mark Cordell, of Our Bury St Edmunds, Tim Davies, senior volunteer. Picture: Mark Westley (1950054)

The trailblazer for a World War One trail in Bury St Edmunds is set to be a metal bicycle sculpture, depicting the Suffolk Cycling Battalion.

The artwork by Trudi Edmunds, who lives in Bury, is set to be the prelude of the event, which has been organised by the My WiSH charity, which has an aim of £500,000 to raise. This is for the charities Every Heart Matters Appeal for a new cardiac unit at West Suffolk Hospital.

The sculpture, which was revealed on Wednesday as a prelude to the trail, is of significant importance to Trudi as her great great uncle, Edward Edmunds, was a member of the 9th battalion Suffolk Regiment and served in the war, which claimed his life when he was just 20 years old.

Trudi said: “It is such an honour, it will delight my father and all of my family and I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted to be the trailblazer.”

The bicycle sculpture will be positioned close to the Angel Hill entrance to the Abbey Gardens, however prior to this will be on display at the Chelmer Fine Art Gallery, in The Traverse and Gallery Highwaymans in Risby.

The unique and poignant piece of artwork was inspired by research Trudi did by speaking to her father and lending books and newspaper clippings from him. Her great great uncle’s grave is situated in his home village where Trudi currently runs her decorative arts business and art classes in The Klondyke.

The trail will feature 18 pieces, commissioned by local artists and sculptors, spread out across prime town centre sites and will be on show from July 4. There will be an auction at the end of the show to sell off all pieces to the Every Heart Matters Appeal.

To support the Every Heart Matters appeal, go to www.mywishcharity.co.uk or www.justgiving.com/ehma or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.



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