Penguins in Bury St Edmunds? Christmas must be on its way...

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Penguins in Bury St Edmunds can mean only one thing - Christmas is coming!

As the town prepares for the Christmas lights switch-on at 7pm tonight, four Humboldt penguins have made their annual journey to Abbeygate Street.

Penguin entertaining the crowd

Penguin entertaining the crowd

Animals Company handler Barbara Marquez said: “They’ve been trained and habituated and realise now that it’s an exciting adventure to come here. They get to meet new people and they are inquisitive so this sort of thing is great for them.”

The animals, which have been bred in captivity in the UK, are not only popular with children and adults alike, but have achieved global fame through their film and television appearances.

Ms Marquez said they had even attended a couple of red carpet events.

“If you see a penguin on the telly, as long as it’s not in the wild, it’s probably one of these,” she said.

Bury St Edmunds Light Switch-On

Bury St Edmunds Light Switch-On

They will be in Bury until 5pm but with late night shopping and all sorts of festive fun planned throughout the town, there are plenty of reasons to stay long after they leave.

Bury St Edmunds Light Switch-On

Bury St Edmunds Light Switch-On