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St Edmundsbury Cathedral hosts successful new-look Suffolk Harvest

St Edmundsbury Cathedral chiefs will continue to try new approaches to longstanding events after succesfully revamping their Suffolk Harvest service.

Sunday's event brought more than 300 into the cathedral with more enjoying new-for-2019 attractions outside; which included live music, food stalls, morris dancing and a procession of tractors.

The cathedral's visits and volunteer manager Sarah Friswell said: "This was a new take on our annual service. The dean was wanting to give it a fresh look to extend beyond the walls of the building and we had a huge involvement from out partners."

Morris Dancers perform during the procession. Picture by Mecha Morton
Morris Dancers perform during the procession. Picture by Mecha Morton

This saw organisers engage with the local farming community - who even brought in llamas and alpacas.

Ms Friswell continued: "It is a celebration of local food and drink - and also the chance to reflect on the food poverty we have nationally in our country. One of our aims was to bring the event to new audiences, and there were some who would always be there and some who came for new reasons. The cathedral was pretty full for the service, about three or four hundred, with a great cross-section. She added: "It is an event model we now want to build on.

"We want to make the event as open to as many people as possible."

One traditional element that did remain was the collection of long-life food - which will be donated to local charity Gatehouse Foodbank.

Tollgate Primary School and cub scout groups also attended - displaying giant vegetables and a cardboard tractor they had made.

The event follows on from a dinosaur demonstration and a vintage fete held over the summer.

See more pictures from the festival in this Friday's (October 18) Bury Free Press.