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It is a sacred site where, for centuries, the haunting sounds of prayer and music would have drifted across the marshes.

And the ruins of Blythburgh Priory, near Southwold, came alive again today as it hosted its first religious service for nearly 500 years.

Local people gathered in the morning sunshine to take part in the historic event at the 12th-century priory, which was once home to Augustinian canons.

In 2008, Channel 4’s Time Team carried out an archaeological evaluation at the site. They discovered evidence of burials and human remains – one which was believed to be the Anglo-Saxon King Anna, the nephew of King Raedwald who is thought to buried at Sutton Hoo.

Rev Malcolm Doney welcomed the congregation and said it was a privilege to be taking the service.

“I stand here very conscious of all the people who have stood here before me,” he said.  Read more.