Sudbury Christmas tradition for men

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As a result of a generous bequest by Nathaniel King back in 1668 elderly men in Sudbury have been able to apply for a gift of winter clothing for the past three hundred and forty six years.

The key to the Christmas Day Gift ceremony is that, where possible, the applicants should be able to attend at the town hall at 10am on Christmas Day.

The original money came from a rent charge on the George Inn which stood on the site of the Edinburgh Wool Shop. As is customary the Sudbury Municipal Charities will provide the clothing vouchers via the mayor on Christmas Day.

Last Christmas 18 men and families gathered for mince pies, a drink and a chat while vouchers to the value of £40 were handed out. These are exchangeable for items of clothing at Peddars or Winch & Blatch.

If you are interested in receiving a voucher and did not receive one in 2015 please forward your name, address and age to: The Clerk, Longstop Cottage, The Street, Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 4QA by November 26.