Bury St Edmunds: Who drapes the Bury rugby club scarf around the wolf statue before each home match?

The St Edmund wolf statue on the Sicklesmere Road roundabout adorned with a Bury RFC scarf

The St Edmund wolf statue on the Sicklesmere Road roundabout adorned with a Bury RFC scarf - Credit: Archant

Before each home game a scarf, in Bury Rugby Football Club’s traditional green and yellow livery, is draped around the neck of the wolf statue on the roundabout in Sicklesmere Road - which all visiting teams must pass on their way to the club.

But who puts the scarf there?

Simon Lord, secretary, revealed it is a club member who is responsible for putting the scarf out.

“They take it back in soon after the match has ended,” he said.

Mr Lord explained the tradition started as a way of honouring former member Arthur Veale, who died a few years ago.


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“It was always Arthur’s hope and wish that we should recognise the wolf and the story of St Edmund. And when he died his daughter started fundraising for the statue.”

The rugby club use the wolf as their club logo and have now ‘adopted’ the statue too.

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“We have the wolf on our shirts so we decided to start putting the scarf out on the statue,” said Mr Lord. “It is a tribute to Arthur too.”

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