Procession marking Abbey's 1000th birthday draws crowds in Bury St Edmunds
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Spectators gathered in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend to see a grand procession from the town's cathedral to the Abbey ruins.
The procession, which echoed those staged in medieval times, took place on Sunday afternoon, with bishops, civic representatives, monks, nuns and ecumenical guests walking from St Edmundsbury Cathedral across Angel Hill and through the Abbey Gate.
The procession ended at the Abbey ruins, beneath where countless pilgrims visited the body of St Edmund in its shrine during the Middle Ages.
The sculpture of a monk in the Abbey ruins crypt is the first in a series to mark 1,000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmunds by King Canute.
A number of special events are taking place throughout the year to mark the anniversary.
The celebrations are being coordinated by Abbey 1000 C.I.C. - made up of different organisations in the town - alongside The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership.
For more information on the Abbey of St Edmunds 1,000th anniversary celebrations, click here.