Eagle-eyed wolf hunters handed prizes after winning Bury St Edmunds competition

Winners of the Ourburystedmunds Wolf Trail.

Winners of the Ourburystedmunds Wolf Trail. - Credit: Gregg Brown

People who successfully tracked down all of the wolves on a specially laid out trail around Bury St Edmunds have been rewarded for their efforts.

Thousands of people visited the town to find some or all of the 26 creations, which were made by local artists for the Ourburystedmunds Wolf Trail.

Around 2,000 people entered a competition for a chance to win prizes which included an iPad mini, theatre and cinema tickets and meals out at local eateries.

The competition involved seeking out the unique artworks that were on display around the town during the summer. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and members of the Visit Bury Tourism Group, a total of 12 prizes were presented just before Christmas.

The initiative was organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Ourburystedmunds, working with partners who make up the ‘Town Team’ group.

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Chief Executive of Ourburystedmunds Mark Cordell said he was “thrilled” with the success of the Wolf Trail, which brought so many people to Bury St Edmunds.

“It was quite overwhelming to hear how much people were enjoying hunting for all the wolves and sharing pictures of their favourites on social media,” Mr Cordell said.

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“The wolves have since been auctioned and have raised several thousand pounds between them for a variety of local charities.

“Presenting the prizes to the competition winners is a great way to end the year and reflect on what a success the Wolf Trail was.”

Among the winners were Isobel Stark from Bury St Edmunds who won family tickets to the theatre and Louisa Rolfe, also from the town, who bagged an afternoon tea at Ickworth Hotel.

Charlotte Lingley, of Saffron Walden received an annual heritage pass for Moyses Hall and West Stow, and the iPad mini went to Anna Landymore of Walsham le Willows.

Ourburystedmunds was established in April 2010 to provide a number of additional services to improve the trading environment of Bury town centre.

The organisations recently won a ballot of member businesses to continue for a second five-year term from 2015.

A number of the wolves have been left on display in the town by their new owners as a lasting legacy of the art trail.

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