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Welcome
What a pleasure to be
able to visit ‘non
essential’ shops again
and see our towns busy once
more. Although I’m writing this on
a chilly April day I read somewhere that this summer will be a scorcher so an upturn in the weather should also get us feeling better about life.
Such a pity there is no Bury St Edmunds Festival or South Suffolk Show this month. Shame too that the county’s walking festival - an event that has been growing steadily year-on-year - has been cancelled. Good news, though, that the Theatre Royal is reopening, and we preview some of the early shows on page 48. Still with theatres, there’s a new book on the first 100 years of Sudbury Dramatic Society just out. We asked its writer, Sara Knight, to share some tales about the characters who have trodden the boards, including Gus the cat who liked productions that featured a sofa on stage. Apparently he would get a round of applause while strolling around them.
Richard Bryson Editor and Publisher Bury & West Suffolk magazine won the News Awards 2018 Regional Magazine of the Year and was highly commended and commended in the same category in 2019 and 2017
issue 78 May 2021
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May 2021 Issue 78
FRANKIE
DETTORI interview
‘This is a sport of reputation, of danger, and of a lot of money’
Sharpe shooters Brandon link to one of Britain’s great victories
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New books by local authors
Go walking at
Polstead & Stoke-by- Nayland
Hive life at
Bradfield St George
 People Food & drink Fashion Art Interiors Health & Beauty Events
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 39 Brandon’s Sharpe shooters Kim Smith unearths a local military link
42 Read all about it
Local authors talk about their new books
47 Art with panache
Look what’s at the Reallyverynice gallery
48 Red alert
Performances at the Theatre Royal
49 Agenda
Events to look out for in May
50-53 Walks
Polstead, Stoke by Nayland, Aldeburgh
55 From Spain to Suffolk Jan Wade meets Santi Torrecillas
57-69 Homes & Gardens Interior design questions for Jane Cappleman plus a new feature looking at desirable places to buy property in West Suffolk starts with Bury’s medieval grid. Plus properties of the month.
70 Looking after pets Focus on the work of Eastgate Vets
73 Pet advice
Caroline Fardell on keeping horses
74 My favourite things . . . with human resources and
learning specialist Sharon Halliday
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