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Last Updated: Monday, 23 April 2007, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
County adopts a new patron saint
St Edmund tapestry
Legend has it that St Edmund was put to death by a volley of arrows
Suffolk has officially adopted St Edmund as the county's patron saint.

St George was promoted to patron saint in 1061, replacing St Edmund, who gave his name to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, where he is buried.

A campaign was launched last year by BBC in Suffolk to try to reinstate the 9th century king of East Anglia who was captured and put to death by Vikings.

County council leader Jeremy Pembroke said: "If the country doesn't want him the county does."

With Edmund, like the rest of us Anglo Saxons, what you see is what you get
Clive Paine, historian

Since the campaign was launched, a St Edmund flag has been produced and flown from flagpoles across Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds brewers Greene King produced a St Edmund ale and One railway named one of its trains St Edmund.

The campaign has also received the backing of the MP for Bury St Edmunds, David Ruffley, and local historians.

Historian Clive Paine said: "There are no added bits to the story, there is no dragon, there are no maidens, which were all added to St George's story much later on to make him part of chivalry.

"With Edmund, like the rest of us Anglo Saxons, what you see is what you get."

Edmund ruled the Anglo Saxon realm of East Anglia from 855 AD to 869 AD.

He was 15 when he became king and his reign ended when he was killed by Vikings.

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