New bollard trail celebrates Bury St Edmunds’ rivers

St James Middle School pupils with organisers and sponsors
St James Middle School pupils with organisers and sponsors
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A fun new bollard trail celebrating Bury St Edmunds’ two rivers and its history is set to flow through the streets of the town.

From tomorrow, there is the chance to track down 35 bollards which have been decorated with artwork by local pupils and students of the flora and fauna in and around the Rivers Lark and Linnet.

The majority of the bollards also feature pictures from the Bury Past and Present Society and other sources offering historic snapshots of their locations. Spearheaded by the Visit Bury St Edmunds tourism group, there are prizes for those who find all of them using the required entry form.

Melanie Lesser, chairman of Visit Bury St Edmunds, said it follows the success of the popular wolf and Magna Carta Barons bollard trails and aims to raise the profile of the two rivers.

Workshops were held at a number of schools, which are near the rivers, and West Suffolk College to create the artwork. They were led by Stephen Moody, of the Bury St Edmunds Association of Registered Tour Guides, and Jillian Macready, of the Bury Water Meadows Group.

The schools were St James Middle, Westgate Primary, St Edmund’s Catholic Primary and Howard Middle.

And it’s already proving popular. Mrs Lesser added: “I’ve had it open for a trial - what people have loved is finding areas of the town they didn’t know about.

“One of the things grandparents said to me is that they were exercising with the children and getting out in the fresh air.”

Entry forms, which must be returned by November 12, are available from the various tourist information points in the town.

They can also be downloaded from www.ourburystedmunds/trails

- Meanwhile, a bollard in Langton Place, which is not part of the trail, has been decorated in honour of Pat Church, who recently celebrated his 50th anniversary working at Abbeygate Cinema.