Ipswich/Suffolk: Edmund remembered at council headquarters

The council chamber at Endeavour House

The council chamber at Endeavour House - Credit: Archant

East Anglia’s best-known king and saint is set to be marked by the renaming of the council chamber at the Suffolk’s Endeavour House headquarters.

Council chairman Guy McGregor is to propose a motion to next week’s full meeting of the council that its main meeting room should be renamed “The King Edmund Chamber.”

The move would be particularly appropriate because Mr McGregor represents Hoxne – the site of Edmund’s final battle which resulted in his martyrdom and, ultimately, canonisation as a saint.

The motion is expected to gain all party support and, if approved, will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque outline facts about Edmund at a special ceremony on his Saint’s Day – November 20.

Mr McGregor said: “I hope this will go through unanimously. I have tried not to be controversial at all – that’s why it will be the King Edmund Chamber without any religious reference.”

The motion to rename the chamber is on the agenda for next Thursday’s full council meeting – and the leaders of political groups on the council are expected to speak in support of it.

The move comes as the campaign for Edmund to be recognised as England’s patron saint continues – he has links with many parts of Suffolk and is believed to be buried in the grounds of Bury St Edmunds cathedral.

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This year’s St Edmund’s Day will also be marked by a special church service at Hoxne Church for which the writer and historian Kevin Crossley Holland has written a new anthem for the service.