Bury in Bloom and Greene King are delighted to be unveiling a new sculpture ‘St Edmund’s Crown’ on the Cullum Road/Nowton Road Roundabout on Wednesday March 15th at 10am.
The sculpture made from metal and willow has been created by local sculptor Elizabeth Cooke from Lark Valley Willow.
Elizabeth has made the metal crown from steel and then woven the willow around the sculpture.
The willow was grown by Lark Valley Willow on the meadows near Greene King.
The inspiration for the sculpture are the crests for both Greene King and the Bury St Edmunds Town Council.
The crest for Bury St Edmunds Town Council shows the wolf guarding the head of St Edmund with three crowns beneath the wolf.
The crowns stood for the fact that Edmund was a King, a martyr and followed a path of chastity.
Bury St Edmunds was granted its first charter in 1606, and the heraldic device of the three crowns was granted to the council by King James 1st. When Bury St Edmunds Borough Council was abolished in 1974 and became the District Council of St Edmundsbury, the Coat of Arms was conveyed back to the Bury Town Council by Royal Licence in 2006.
Greene King’s story goes back to 1799 when 19-year-old Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk to set up the Westgate Brewery. He was carrying on a proud tradition of brewing in the town that stretches all the way back to 1086.
Rooney Anand, Greene King chief executive, says:
“Bury St Edmunds has always been the home of Greene King, in fact we’ve been part of the town for 218 years, so our heritage is incredibly important to us. So much so that a few years ago, we transformed the Greene King logo to include St Edmund’s crown and arrows. We believe using his distinctive crest within our logo design is a symbol of our commitment to and pride of our hometown, Bury St Edmunds. We are thrilled with the willow crown and arrows on our sponsored roundabout.”