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Hoxne unveils new village sign




After many years of combined efforts, a Suffolk village has unveiled its first village sign.

On St Edmund’s Day on Wednesday, November 20 parishioners and councillors gathered in Hoxne to celebrate the instalment of the sign in Low Street.

It depicts King Edmund, the King of East Anglia who is believed to have been martyred in Hoxne in 879 AD, as well as featuring elements that relate to finds from the Hoxne Hoard and a replica Kerrison Coin as used by the Kerrison Family on their Suffolk estates.

Villagers and councillors gather in Low Street to mark the unveiling of the new village sign. Pictures by Mecha Morton.
Villagers and councillors gather in Low Street to mark the unveiling of the new village sign. Pictures by Mecha Morton.

Parish council clerk Sarah Foote said: “Given how much history we’ve got, it is nice that it’s now depicted in one place.”

The project was commissioned by the parish council following a survey in 2016, in which opinions and ideas for a theme were also gathered.

“It was first proposed in 2016 when Hoxne won the Mid Suffolk Village of the Year and the prize money from that was suggested to put towards the creation of a village sign,” said Mrs Foote.

Allan Burridge, long term resident, performed the unveiling.
Allan Burridge, long term resident, performed the unveiling.

“There was overwhelming interest in having a sign and that it should be on the Low Street green and that it should depict St Edmund.”

More than 100 people attended the ceremony on Wednesday, including primary school children and councillors.

The sign was designed by a working group made up of members of the parish council, villagers and an architect student.

Pupils read a poem.
Pupils read a poem.

The base was built by parishioner Mick Procner and the actual construction was undertaken by the Village Sign People.

The sign was unveiled by resident Allan Burridge (pictured), 83, who has lived in Low Street all his life and has been looking after the cutting of the grass on the green for more than 50 years.

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“I didn’t hear anything but positive comments on how lovely it looks and everyone seemed really proud of it,” said Mrs Foote. “It is breathtaking.”


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