Pupils from Schools Partnership create 16m dragon for Bury St Edmunds’ first Dragon Festival

Patrick Chung, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, with pupils from the Bury Partnership, showing off a 16ft dragon at King Edward VI School made for the Dragon Festival. Pictures by Chris Morris ANL-150906-144020001
Patrick Chung, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, with pupils from the Bury Partnership, showing off a 16ft dragon at King Edward VI School made for the Dragon Festival. Pictures by Chris Morris ANL-150906-144020001
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More than 600 pupils from the Bury Schools Partnership have helped to construct an enormous dragon in preparation for Bury St Edmunds’ first Dragon Festival.

Patrick Chung, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, visited King Edward VI school this week to see some final touches added to the beast and met some of the children, aged four to 14, from 12 of the partnership’s schools, involved in its making.

Cllr Chung said: “Dragon Festival is a superb event for the town in which the community has already been very much involved. It is wonderful to see so many people having so much fun to help stage our first dragon celebrations.”

The 16m Chinese Dragon will be carried by around 30 pupils as part of a parade through the town centre on June 17, starting in Charter Square in the arc at 2pm.

Other activities themed around the mythical creatures include costumed re-enactments of Beowulf and the Dragon, a reptile roadshow, raptor flight display, storytelling, a ‘live’ 7ft T-Rex, a dragon egg hunt, dragon slaying instruction and dragon fire safety drills.

Dragon-themed events are also taking place at West Stow Anglo Saxon village on June 20 and 21, and local brewery Brewshed has created a special beer, Crafty Dragon, to mark the occasion.