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Runners transform Bury St Edmunds park into sea of colour

05 September 2017
Runners transform Bury St Edmunds park into sea of colour

Runners transform Bury St Edmunds park into sea of colour

05 September 2017

Hundreds of runners were showered with coloured powder at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) third Colour Dash in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.


Bury St Edmunds bride’s pre-wedding 50th parkrun

02 September 2017
Bury St Edmunds bride’s pre-wedding 50th parkrun

Bury St Edmunds bride’s pre-wedding 50th parkrun

02 September 2017

For most women, the hours before their wedding ceremony are filled with pampering but for Bury St Edmunds bride-to-be Clare Steadman it was all about joining the 50 club.


Thetford IVF couple’s ‘miracle’ triplets born years apart

02 September 2017
Thetford IVF couple’s ‘miracle’ triplets born years apart

Thetford IVF couple’s ‘miracle’ triplets born years apart

02 September 2017

There is more to Laura and James Milne’s family than meets the eye – their daughters are triplets born three years apart.


Former Bury St Edmunds head escapes teaching ban

01 September 2017
Former Bury St Edmunds head escapes teaching ban

Former Bury St Edmunds head escapes teaching ban

01 September 2017

A headteacher who put children at risk by using solitary confinement and failing to vet new staff has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.


UPDATED: Man dies after being found in critical condition near West Suffolk College

24 August 2017
UPDATED: Man dies after being found in critical condition near West Suffolk College

UPDATED: Man dies after being found in critical condition near West Suffolk College

24 August 2017

A man found barely conscious and with life threatening injuries near West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, earlier this week has now died.


REVIEW: Olly Murs looks for love in Thetford Forest

03 July 2017
REVIEW: Olly Murs looks for love in Thetford Forest

REVIEW: Olly Murs looks for love in Thetford Forest

03 July 2017

Olly Murs has come a long way since auditioning for the X Factor eight years ago but at Thetford Forest on Friday night he proved he is the same cheeky chap we all fell for on television.


NOSTALGIA: It’s a knockout day from 1982

13 May 2017
NOSTALGIA: It’s a knockout day from 1982

NOSTALGIA: It’s a knockout day from 1982

13 May 2017

This photo, taken in May 1982 was taken in the Abbey Gardens as crowds gathered for the Diocesan Family Day.


NOSTALGIA: Rifle club’s league success

15 October 2016
NOSTALGIA: Rifle club’s league success

NOSTALGIA: Rifle club’s league success

15 October 2016

Pictured are members of the Bury St Edmunds Small Bore Rifle Club after they had achieved success in the Greene King-sponsored Suffolk County Leagues in October 1990.


NOSTALGIA: Learning the art of lacemaking

08 October 2016
NOSTALGIA: Learning the art of lacemaking

NOSTALGIA: Learning the art of lacemaking

08 October 2016

This photograph, which first appeared in the Bury Free Press in July 1989, shows pupils at the then St James’ Middle School in Bury St Edmunds lacemaking for the first time.


NOSTALGIA: Hockey players head for Russia

01 October 2016
NOSTALGIA: Hockey players head for Russia

NOSTALGIA: Hockey players head for Russia

01 October 2016

This week’s photograph appeared in the Bury Free Press on July 3, 1992, and features a group of pupils from Culford School who, together with staff, were preparing to travel to Russia for a week-long stay.


Suffolk hotelier seriously injured in crash

28 September 2016
Suffolk hotelier seriously injured in crash

Suffolk hotelier seriously injured in crash

28 September 2016

A well-known hotelier, who has generated around half a million pounds for charity, has been seriously injured in a crash in Sicklesmere.


NOSTALGIA: Pirates take the carnival float prize

24 September 2016
NOSTALGIA: Pirates take the carnival float prize

NOSTALGIA: Pirates take the carnival float prize

24 September 2016

there is a move to bring back Thetford carnival and this picture was taken at the 1985 Thetford Carnival on May day bank holiday and raised ‘a magnificent £1,500’ for Lions Club charities – that’s worth about £4,560 today.


NOSTALGIA: Going walkies for a Princely sum

17 September 2016
NOSTALGIA: Going walkies for a Princely sum

NOSTALGIA: Going walkies for a Princely sum

17 September 2016

In October, 1995, Bury Free Press readers took an abandoned German shepherd dog to their hearts after he was found at the roadside in Lawshall in terrible condition, with three-inch long claws, pressure sores and other problems.


NOSTALGIA: School makes the news

10 September 2016
NOSTALGIA: School makes the news

NOSTALGIA: School makes the news

10 September 2016

This week’s photograph was taken at the Bury Free Press office in November 1994.


NOSTALGIA: Clean-up at ancient wood

27 August 2016
NOSTALGIA: Clean-up at ancient wood

NOSTALGIA: Clean-up at ancient wood

27 August 2016

This photo was taken in April 1998 when volunteers turned out in force to take part in a litter pick at Aspal Close in Beck Row.


NOSTALGIA: MP misses YCND protest

20 August 2016
NOSTALGIA: MP misses YCND protest

NOSTALGIA: MP misses YCND protest

20 August 2016

In August 1986, members of Bury St Edmunds Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (YCND) drew curious glances from shoppers but failed to get their argument across to their main target.


NOSTALGIA: Pupils’ colouring capers raise NSPCC cash

13 August 2016
NOSTALGIA: Pupils’ colouring capers raise NSPCC cash

NOSTALGIA: Pupils’ colouring capers raise NSPCC cash

13 August 2016

This photograph shows pupils at Stanton Primary School in December 1991.


NOSTALGIA: Treasure hunters crack Nutshell clue

16 July 2016
NOSTALGIA: Treasure hunters crack Nutshell clue

NOSTALGIA: Treasure hunters crack Nutshell clue

16 July 2016

This photo was taken in October 1989 as record breakers from all over the country converged on one of the smallest pubs in Britain – The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds – to celebrate the launch of the 1990 Guinness Book of Records.


NOSTALGIA: Farewell to sister Jean

09 July 2016
NOSTALGIA: Farewell to sister Jean

NOSTALGIA: Farewell to sister Jean

09 July 2016

This week’s photograph was taken in February 1992 during a ‘send-off’ for sister Jean Williams at West Suffolk Hospital.


James Bay impresses sell out crowd at Thetford

04 July 2016
James Bay impresses sell out crowd at Thetford

James Bay impresses sell out crowd at Thetford

04 July 2016

With his distinctive soulful voice and trademark fedora hat, James Bay was in his element at Thetford Forest on Friday.