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Bury St Edmunds gets recognised on other side of the world

Shirley Potter with newspaper cutting from Australia
Shirley Potter with newspaper cutting from Australia

Bury St Edmunds’ beauty, charm and history have been cherished by its residents for years – now people living on the other side of the world have discovered it too.

Shirley and Bryan Potter, of Lower Baxter Street, Bury, have friends living in Australia who recently sent them a newspaper cutting of a holiday feature that appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Entitled ‘pints and pleasures,’ the article – which was written by Steve McKenna and published last year – details Bury’s unique character and some of its many places of interest.

Pubs The Nutshell, the Old Cannon, the Dog & Partridge and the Masons Arms all get a mention, as well as the ‘mighty’ Greene King brewery, ‘gorgeous’ Abbey Gardens, ‘striking’ Moyse’s Hall, ‘Gothic’ St Edmundsbury Cathedral and ‘leafy’ Moreton Hall.

It says: “Pronounced ‘Berry’, Bury does not hog the limelight like nearby Cambridge, but has, for centuries, been charming in-the-know visitors with its picturesque streets and gardens, lively markets and quality beers.”

It reports on the Nutshell’s place in the Guinness Book of Records as ‘smallest pub in Britain’, details Bury’s links to the Magna Carta and provides quotes on the town from some of its more famous admirers, including Charles Dickens and Dame Judi Dench.

Shirley said: “We were delighted because it came as such a surprise. I thought ‘oh my goodness’. It was in such detail. We were impressed!”

The 79-year-old’s friends, Ivor and Diane Preece, were keen to show her and Bryan that ‘Australia had discovered the town’ they fell in love with while visiting 15 years earlier.

The couple, who settled in Caringbah, a suburb in southern Sydney, in the early 1960s, are originally from Northampton, where Shirley grew up.

Shirley said: “We were thrilled and thought ‘how lovely’. It probably did bring back a few memories for them, especially the Nutshell because I remember we took him in there.”

‘Trip notes’ at the bottom of the page give details of the quickest and cheapest ways of getting to Bury from London, while ‘the ivy-clad four-star’ Angel Hotel is listed as a convenient place to stay with a ‘highly recommended’ in-house restaurant.

The website of Bury’s Business Improvement District Ourburystedmunds is also given for readers wanting to find out more about the town.


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