max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C


Bury St Edmunds: Kevin Beattie gets behind Bury Town campaign ahead of today’s home fixture

10:30 11 January 2014


One of Suffolk’s footballing legends has lent his support to the EADT’s campaign backing Bury Town.

Former Ipswich Town and England defender Kevin Beattie described the west Suffolk club as one of the county’s best in the week the club’s cashflow troubles came to light.

However, a campaign spearheaded by the EADT and its sister paper the Bury Mercury has already seen a dramatic turnaround in fortunes, with two of the town’s pubs joining calls for supporters to pack-out Ram Meadow this weekend for Bury’s home game against Thamesmead Town.

Mr Beattie, who played against Bury Town for Harwich & Parkeston in the twilight of his career, said: “It’s a great club, one of the biggest and best in non-league in the area.

“When I went there they always made you feel welcome. The fans always used to turn up in force, and three quarters of them were Ipswich fans.

“It’s a shame to hear what’s going on down there, but like all the clubs at that level they need the support. It’s good for the community if the local football club is doing well.”

A number of high-profile players have left the club in recent weeks due to club’s problems off the pitch, but form on the pitch remains good with the club having gone through December unbeaten.

Plus, things are looking up for Bury off the pitch, with local pubs The Masons Arms and The Woolpack also backing the Blues.

This week the club also confirmed the appointment of its new commercial team of Dan Bush and Clive Boughton to drive sponsorship activities, while it has already started selling plenty of half-season tickets, with more expected to be sold today

Chairman Russell Ward said last night: “The reaction we’ve had has been quite overwhelming. The amount of support we’ve had from all quarters, from supporters and local businesses and even rival teams, has been amazing.

“Being totally honest, we wish we weren’t in this situation, but if something good can come out of it and continue until the end of the season, then it’s good for the club.”

Today’s game kicks off at Ram Meadow at 3pm.


It’s nearly Halloween and there is a variety of events across Suffolk this half term to keep your little monsters entertained no matter what their age.

A wedding dress catwalk, singers, cakes, flowers and a string quartet were among the bridal delights on offer at Ipswich Hotel’s Wedding Fayre today.

Stormtroopers marched the streets of Bury St Edmunds this weekend as Moyse’s Hall unveiled its acclaimed annual science fiction exhibition.

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

Plans for Sizewell C are doomed to “evaporate” in the wake of insurmountable problems that will prevent its intended forerunner at Hinkley Point ever producing electricity, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists has predicted.

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.

A Suffolk-based charity auction which has attracted bids from all over the world and raised more than £870,000 since its inception is aiming to break the £1million mark for national and local charities this year.

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Most read


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24