On 28th October, the Bury Society hosted the last of the Magna Carta 800 Celebrations in the nave of our beautiful Cathedral; a celebration of the unique and very special visit to Bury St Edmunds of the Magna Carta, a never-to-be-repeated event in the town’s history. The Cathedral was stunningly lit and held an art display from local schools while well over 100 people enjoyed the lively Reception.
Lord Phillips of Sudbury, a well-known advocate of legal aid, spoke entertainingly and with great knowledge about the relevance of Magna Carta to the British legal system and how it affects the way we live our lives today He showed this by quoting from Hansard where a debate in the House of Lords in the previous week had referred to Magna Carta and the rights enshrined within it. The audience also enjoyed delicious canapés provided by Zest, the catering company operated by West Suffolk College. Canon Matthew Vernon gave a vote of thanks to all those who had collaborated in the work to celebrate the involvement of Bury St Edmunds in the creation of Magna Carta. “We are very pleased that so many people came to the final event in the celebrations for Magna Carta in Bury St Edmunds, and enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere in the Cathedral, and to Lord Phillips for showing us just how important Magna Carta is to us today.”, said Karen Hurden, Chairman of the Bury Society, organisers of the event.
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