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Bury St Edmunds couple launch new shopping bags to help create plastic free town




A charitable couple have launched Bury St Edmunds branded cotton shopping bags to support a good cause and to help reduce a reliance on single use plastics.

Simon Harding and his wife Valerie, who used to run Church Walks Charities, have produced the bags bearing the logo ‘I support single use plastic free Bury St Edmunds’.

The bags are available from Smoking Monkey Antiques, in St John’s Street, at £3 each or £5 for two.

Marcia Riddington, of Smoking Monkey Antiques, with Simon Harding and Val Legg. Picture by Mark Westley
Marcia Riddington, of Smoking Monkey Antiques, with Simon Harding and Val Legg. Picture by Mark Westley

Profits will go to charity –initially Riding for the Disabled.

Mr Harding, who was awarded a BEM in 2019 for his voluntary service to the community, said: “A lot of single use plastic is unnecessary and we must protect our environment.”

Smoking Monkey Antiques is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.


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