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Gallery: Bury St Edmunds open gardens attract the crowds

PUBLISHED: 12:40 17 June 2014

Melanie Shuttler enjoys the roses in one of the gardens at 44 College Street during Bury St Edmunds Hidden Gardens event.

Melanie Shuttler enjoys the roses in one of the gardens at 44 College Street during Bury St Edmunds Hidden Gardens event.

More than 2,000 people explored a wealth of gardens concealed behind walls and facades in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

The annual Hidden Gardens of Bury event is a fundraiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care, last year raising £23,000.

This year well over 2,500 tickets were sold and 37 gardens were included in the programme.

There were also two ‘pop up’ gardens: artist Rosie Copeland’s garden in Southgate Street and Pauline Judge’s in Well Street.

Jill Carter, one of the organisers, said: “Among visitors this year were a coach party from Southend and garden lovers from Australia visiting Suffolk friends.

“Thirsty and peckish visitors were spoilt for choice with refreshments including cream teas, cakes and ice creams available at many gardens, while others went home with armfuls of plants.

“A thank you party will be held in early July for the garden owners who have generously opened their gardens when a cheque will be handed over to St Nicholas Hospice Care.”

Police are growing “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of a missing 52-year-old Suffolk man.

Fear is growing for a 53-year-old Essex man who has been reporting missing.

Bosses at the Eastern Enterprise Hub and University of Suffolk hope gaming and technology students will be inspired to pursue their games ideas, after it emerged the gaming industry is one of the fastest growing locally.

A Shotley father with five drink-driving convictions has been jailed for 36 weeks after taking his mother’s car without consent and crashing it into a hedge.

Snow is falling across Suffolk and Essex today, but weather experts predict it will soon turn into rain.

Police and firefighters were called to a suspected arson attack in Carlton Colville in the early hours of this morning.

Trains between London and Norwich are being cancelled this morning as a result of engineering work not having been completed on time.

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