Bury St Edmunds gets ready for its Light and Sound Magna Carta event

James Sawyer, branch manager of Whatley Lane Estate Agents, Borough Cllr Sarah Stamp, Margaret Charlesworth, Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 Committee and Sarah Friswell, of St Edmundsbury Cathedral ANL-140610-164317001
James Sawyer, branch manager of Whatley Lane Estate Agents, Borough Cllr Sarah Stamp, Margaret Charlesworth, Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800 Committee and Sarah Friswell, of St Edmundsbury Cathedral ANL-140610-164317001
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People have been snapping up free tickets to take part in the Magna Carta light and sound trail which runs between October 19 and 24.

The Our Liberty event has already attracted 1,000 people who have applied for the free tickets which will enable them to explore the town and its links to the famous freedom charter signed by King John in 1214 at Runneymede.

Banners have been unfurled at the Abbey Gate heralding the light and sound trail which will lead people from the arc through the town to the Abbey where the barons agreed to force King John to sign the charter which would enshrine the rights of ordinary people.

Two pageants which were held in the town to mark the links with the Magna Carter are also acknowledged in the spectacle.

The trail opens on October 19, 800 years to the day when the barons met in Bury.

Funding for the series of town events organised by the Magna Carta 800 Committee has come from Heritage Lottery funding of £86,400. There has also been funding of £20,000 awarded through central Government and the trail is sponsored by Whatley Lane Estate Agents.

Margaret Charlesworth, chairman of the committee who took part in the 1959 pageant, said: “We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this as a free event for people to come and see. A great deal of hard work has been taking place for about three years to prepare for this event.”

Already people have been able to see one of the original copies of the charter which was displayed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and earlier this year educational workshops were held for local schoolchildren.

To book a place on the trail go to www.burymagnacarta.org