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 ‘ Suffolk heritage he holds). Even the name Bury St Edmunds sounds special and intriguing. I shall always cherish taking them to the Abbey Gardens to feed the ducks and play hide and seek in and around the ruins. And no trip was complete without a stop-off at the menagerie on the edge of the gardens. Is it still there, I wonder.
And, of course, Bury had even had its own distinctive smell – that strange merging of the aromas from the Greene King brewery and the sugar beet factory. Frankly, I could take the former and leave the latter but on days when the wind was
in the right direction and the smells met somewhere over Abbeygate Street it did often feel you were in the middle of some gigantic bell jar!
Beyond the town boundaries of course there are attractions like West
Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Ickworth House, Nowton Park, Melford Hall, Lavenham...all that living history to visit just a moment’s drive away.
I could go on – but the editor would rightly stop too much of the lyrical waxing from my direction – but suffice to say I remain, all those years later a huge fan of a town which will always hold a place in my heart. And being asked to write this piece has just confirmed that a re-visit is long overdue after almost ten years since my only question is, does the IPA still taste as good in the Masons’ Arms?
Andy Cooper
 Once familiar faces around Bury St Edmunds, photographer Ian Hulland and his journalist wife Marianne Hulland, moved to Devon a few years ago
We love living with our family in Devon with its rolling hills, wild moors and lush greenery but there will always be a place in our hearts for all that makes Bury St Edmunds so special. We miss firstly our friends and neighbours - so many happy hours and laughs. Then the Apex with its eclectic mix of entertainments and art (sadly, there is nothing like it near us). Our walk along the River Lark and the Abbey Gardens is also memorable and again, we have nothing to compare to the attractiveness of that area with its mix of history, activities and, of course, those wonderful blooms every year.
The market is a treat whenever we visit, plus the variety of shops and places to eat and drink sociably (yes, even now), the busy-ness of its streets. Nowton Park (almost in Bury) was a regular enjoyment, the Theatre Royal is a true gem as is the Abbeygate Cinema (and Pat Church, of course). And then there's the people who pour their hearts and hands, often voluntarily, into making Bury such a great place in which to live and work. It goes without saying that one of us misses the local brews!
Do we regret moving to Devon? No. Will we always miss Bury? Yes.

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