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Hundreds of children in Bury St Edmunds create piece of 2020 history




A piece of history has been created thanks to hundreds of children and their families.

In June last year, children on the Nowton Estate, Bury St Edmunds, began collecting and painting stones to create a giant slithering ‘rock snake’ along the ground.

It was the idea of resident Fay Lambert and her step daughters Cassie, 13, and Maisie, 10, who began by laying stones end to end along Caie Walk.

Artist Jacqui Campbell and resident Fay Lambert. Picture by Andy Abbott (taken pre-lockdown 3)
Artist Jacqui Campbell and resident Fay Lambert. Picture by Andy Abbott (taken pre-lockdown 3)

Other children and their families from the locality joined in and the final snake was made up of more than 440 stones.

Town councillors Ann Wiliamson and Patrick Chung wanted to preserve the rock snake which gave children something to do during a difficult time - so they donated money - and called on Bury artist Jacqui Campbell to help out.

"Jacqui used a selection of stones, laid by hundreds of children and their families, to make a wall plaque which is now on Southgate Community Centre wall,” said Cllr Williamson.

“The rest of the stones will be used in a grass mound at the centre, later this year.

"They will help us remember some of the good things about 2020, and create a piece of history for generations to come.”

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