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Bury St Edmunds: Whitsun fayre ‘beach’ proves popular with visitors

PUBLISHED: 10:13 26 May 2014

The Whitsun Fayre takes place around Bury's Town Centre.

The Whitsun Fayre takes place around Bury's Town Centre.

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Beach lovers in west Suffolk have enjoyed a day on the sand without having to journey to the coast.

Visitors to the Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre got a chance to relax in deckchairs, build sandcastles and enjoy a stick of seaside rock at an impromptu beach set up in The Traverse.

Money raised from the sale of rock, supplied by OurBuryStEdmunds, will go to the charity Walking with the Wounded.

OurBuryStEdmunds, which delivers the Business Improvement District (BID), is at the forefront of many of the town centre’s free events and the Whitsun Fayre is no exception.

The group’s chief executive, Mark Cordell said the changeable weather had failed to deter visitors to the first day of the event, which also continues today.

He added: “Today has been extremely busy and all of the businesses here have been very happy with the extra customers who have come in to the town as a result.”

Apart from the “Costa del Bury”, the mini farm at the top of Abbeygate Street proved as popular as ever. Youngsters had a chance to get up close to farm animals such as goats, rabbits and pigs.

Live science experiments in the Arc shopping centre also proved a hit with young visitors.

Other attractions included a farmers’ market on Angel Hill and a charity arts and crafts market in Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre.

A Suffolk NHS trust has been ranked one of the best of the country, despite experiencing its most challenging winter on record.

Drivers are advised that it is “highly likely” the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk will shut during tomorrow morning’s rush hour amid forecasts of 65mph gusts.

A school near Bury St Edmunds is helping to raise funds to support education in Tanzania through a non-uniform day.

A theatre workshop with a difference is making its way to Stowmarket for the first time this year.

He’s a well known television personality, but what’s John Bishop like live? Reviewer ELLIS BARKER headed down to the Regent tonight for the first gig of his three-night stop in Ipswich.

A Suffolk-based charity came together with businesses and individuals in the county to purchase much-needed sensory equipment for a Bury St Edmunds special school.

Warnings issued of the Orwell Bridge’s third closure in as many weeks have prompted renewed calls for a northern bypass to be built.

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