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The winners of the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond statue design competition have been announced.

The competition, supported by the Bury Free Press, allowed children to design their interpretation of what the statue may once have looked like in the town's Abbeygate.

Ted Mabbitt, aged 10, from Norton, won the overall competition, winning a year family heritage pass, and was also winner of the 10-13 years age group, so received an additional £20 Bury St Edmunds gift card for his work.

Competition winners Ted Charles Harrold Mabbitt and Isabelle Brett. Picture by Mark Westley
Competition winners Ted Charles Harrold Mabbitt and Isabelle Brett. Picture by Mark Westley

Isabelle Brett, aged four, from Bury St Edmunds, won the 3-5 years age category, also gaining a £20 Bury St Edmunds gift card.

During the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, the sculptures that once adorned the Abbeygate were removed and presumed destroyed, so children were given creative freedom to design what they envisaged the statues once looked like.

The special children’s pack, designed by Rebecca Austin includes facts about St Edmund, St Edmund’s Day and a St Edmund flag to colour in, which can be downloaded from the Visit Bury St Edmunds website.

Winners were chosen by Sue Warren from Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, Rebecca Austin and Kirsty Barrott from the Bury Free Press.

The competition was part of the Abbey of St Edmund 1000th anniversary celebrations which have also seen a monthly display of sculptures within The Crypt of the Abbey gardens including a 7ft 6inch steel monk designed by Nigel Kaines and created by blacksmith Kevin Baldwin of Designs On Metal.