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After several days of really bad weather we decided on a day out in Bury St Edmunds the major market town of Suffolk.

We started our exploration by visiting a small nature reserve just off the town centre to give Daisy who was full of energy a good walk.

In returning to the town we visited the Abbey Gardens. These gardens were really the remaining ruins of the once vast 11th century Benedictine Abbey. It is believed that it was in the Abbey church that the barons of England met in 1214 to join forces to get King John to accept the Charter of Liberties, the document which influenced the creation of the Magna Carta. The abbey was also the shrine to Saint Edmund, the Saxon King of the East Angles.

From the Abbey Gardens there are great views of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The original structure was the Parish Church of St James built between 1065 and 1097and over the years extended. However in 1914 Bury St Edmunds Cathedral was created from the church when the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was formed. From 1943 to today the cathderal has been extended and the old parts renovated including a new Gothic revival cathedral tower which opened in 2005. A mixture of old and new beautifully combined.

From the cathderal we explored the market town before returning to the coach.

As we were just eating dinner the phone went.Tony's son Martin had had an accident playing football in Northampton and was on his way to hospital. Tony got on the road. Turns out that although no bones broken he had torn the ligaments of his left ankle and had to have a wire/pin inserted to hold the ankle bones together. He will be in plaster for six weeks! So it looks as if our plans may be changing again!

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