Gallery: Dragon procession in Bury St Edmunds is prelude to festival at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Celebrating the first ever Dragon Festival at West Stow with a parade through Bury St Edmunds on Wed

Celebrating the first ever Dragon Festival at West Stow with a parade through Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday. - Credit: Archant

A 16-metre Chinese dragon, handmade by children, was paraded through the centre of Bury St Edmunds this week.

The procession, which began at the Apex and finished in the Abbey Gardens on Wednesday, was opened by Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Patrick Chung.

The dragon was created by children aged from four to 14, from 12 schools within the Bury Schools Partnership.

More than 600 students took part in the project, which also involved creating 600 lanterns and mini-dragons.

Other pupils, such as those from Horringer Court School, have been busy helping to create a dragon’s nest for West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.


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The dragon will be on display at West Stow as part of its first dragon festival today and tomorrow.

Mr Chung said: “Everyone’s dragon is different in character and symbolism. Whether it be Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Chinese or Norse, our first Dragon Festival will celebrate them all with activities for all the family throughout the weekend.”

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The attractions include an Anglo-Saxon pub, called Waes Hael, which will be selling bottles of Crafty Dragon, a new beer brewed exclusively for festival goers, and a ‘living’ 7ft tall ‘baby’ T-Rex tomorrow.

For more information or to book visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk

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