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Union of Crowns weekend 'a success'
Union of the Crowns website
James VI of Scotland became James I of England
Organisers of the Union of the Crowns celebrations in Northumberland say the weekend's events have gone well.

It is 400 years since King James VI visited Berwick on his way to London to become King James I of England.

He claimed the English throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth I, becoming the first monarch of both realms.

The move united the crowns of England and Scotland and brought an end to centuries of warfare between the two nations.

The border town has been celebrating with a weekend of pageantry and celebrations, and organisers say more than 5,000 people turned out to mark the event.

Costumed musketeers

King James arrived in Berwick on 6 April, 1603, and on Sunday he returned in the form of re-enactment enthusiast Simon Kirk.

Hundreds of costumed musketeers and pikemen from the English Civil War Society and the Steel Bonnets set up camp around the town's Elizabethan walls.

Derek Sharman, organiser of the Union of the Crowns event, said: "I am very pleased with the success of the weekend. There was a great turn-out of about 5,000 people."

Over the weekend a battery of eight cannon was also fired at intervals from the town's Brass Bastion.

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