The returning of Edmund celebrated with 85-mile trek

Braving blisters and narrow tracks, pilgrims completed an 85-mile walk to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of St Edmund’s body returning to Suffolk.

Beginning at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, a group of 18 made their way along roads and pathways, being joined by others as they went.

On Thursday, the pilgrims where in Earls Colne where they walked to St Stephen’s Chapel in Bures for a midday service with the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Rt Rev Nigel Stock.

David Lamming, from Holbrook Barn Road in Boxford, was among 60 people who attended the service before enjoying a picnic lunch outside.

Mr Lamming said that around 40 people then walked from Bures to Sudbury along the St Edmund Way, taking in Lamarsh, Great Henny and Ballingdon.

The final stage of the five-day walk to Bury St Edmunds was completed on Friday.