A stitch in time for Saint Edmund 1000

A tapestry depicting the life and death of St Edmund has been produced by pupils at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds.

Retired teacher Jo Pepper came up with the idea of encouraging the school’s pupils to produce a tapestry which would depict the life and death of Edmund.

After many hours of stitching by children between the ages of four and 11, the tapestry was unveiled on St Edmund’s feast day in the Church Crypt.

Headteacher Maria Kemble said: “Jo has done a fantastic job in her own time and inspired the pupils to produce something that we can treasure and not only use in our School but elsewhere to illustrate the legend of St Edmund.”

Parish historian John Saunders explained that Abbey 1000 was originally due to take place in 2020 to commemorate 1000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund but events had to be postponed because of the pandemic.

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