Anyone interested in the legend of St Edmund’s wolf had only to look at Bury St Edmunds last month to know that it is alive and well.
Southgate Church Youth Group made a lifesize wolf in celebration of St Edmund’s Day while pupils from St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School completed Bury’s Wolf Trail to gain inspiration for their own designs.
The lifesize model was put on display outside Southgate Community Centre, where ramblers made detours especially to see it and the students’ art work, made from all sorts of different materials, was made into an exhibition.
Meanwhile, 14 of the 26 wolves which featured in the town trail were sold in a special St Edmund’s Day auction where they fetched more than £10,000 for Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Patrick Chung’s chosen charities.
The remaining wolves were due to be auctioned by Lacy, Scott and Knight earlier today – including the jute wolf that was positioned under the Norman Tower, a crochet wolf that took pride of place at Bury Town Council and a unique wolf bird box.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of trail organiser Ourburystedmunds, said: “The wolves that were auctioned at the St Edmund’s Day celebratory dinner hosted by the mayor, were eagerly snapped up.
“I’m delighted that the new owners have kindly agreed that two of them, the mosaic wolf in the arc and the upright metal wolf in the Great Churchyard will remain in place.
“In addition the Oak Book has been donated to the town so the Wolf Trail will have a long-term legacy here.”
He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the Wolf Trail and the auctions as the wolves were a wonderful attraction for the summer.”