Relay For Life banner goes missing

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A banner advertising an annual event which raises funds for Cancer Research UK has been removed from Moreton Hall.

Lorraine Cockerton, who organises Bury St Edmunds’ Relay For Life event, said she was ‘disappointed’ to learn the banner was missing.

She said its lettering was ‘simple, short and sharp - in no way a distraction to drivers’ and had been on display at railings near the Sainsbury’s roundabout, in Bedingfeld Way, for two weeks.

Lorraine said: “It’s really disappointing. It would be different if it was a business promoting itself but this is a charity event.”

It was not removed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council or Suffolk County Council and, because of the cost of producing another, it will not be replaced.

Lorraine said: “Last year we had banners all over the town promoting our relay and it was so effective.

“It’s sad that we cannot replace the banner but that would be less money going to the charity.

“All we can do now is rely on word of mouth to promote it.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the relay - taking place at Ickworth Park on July 27-28 - should attend a team meeting at St Louis School, in St Andrews Street South, Bury, at 7.30pm on Monday.