Meet Abraham Lincoln

Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds may have to look twice if they see ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in the town centre on July 4.

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4th July 10:00am
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4th July 3:00pm

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Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds may have to look twice if they see ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in the town centre on July 4.

Although some may think the special lookalike character is there to celebrate American Independence Day he will also be championing the town’s smaller businesses for the annual Our Bury St Edmunds Independents’ Day.

This year, Monday July 4 is the launch day for what will be the 12th year of the town centre’s Independents’ Week. ‘Abraham Lincoln’ will join the town’s Mayor and a Town Crier to let shoppers know why supporting smaller and independent businesses is vital to the local economy. A social media competition to nominate your favourite indie and win an Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card will also run throughout the week – with the winning businesses awarded an advertising prize too.

Independents’ Week is promoted by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds.

There are close to 300 independent businesses that make Bury St Edmunds town centre the unique shopping experience it is. In fact you’ll find at least one on every street – it’s almost 60% of all the businesses in town. Shops, bars and eateries as well as well-being and professional service companies need our support all year round of course, but this week highlights their importance to the town centre.

Research shows that when we spend money with a local independent business far more of each pound spent stays within the local economy. Typically it’s over a third. So if you spend £10 with a town centre independent business this Independents’ Week, £3.80 of that stays within the local area.

Our Bury St Edmunds Independents’ Week runs from Monday July 4 to Sunday July 10.

Details of all the independent businesses many of whom will have special deals and offers for Independents’ Week can be found at or on the LoyalFree App.

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