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City hosts celebration of history

Historic re-enactments are taking place in Gloucester this weekend as part of a celebration marking 2,000 years of the city's past.

The event began with a parade involving historical characters such as St George and Henry VIII and his wives.

Historic vessels, including a Roman coracle, a Viking boat and a Nelsonian cutter, are on show at the docks.

Children can see lessons in a Victorian classroom, learn to fight like knights and try out medieval circus skills.

The weekend has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Partnerships.

Re-enactment coordinator Howard Giles said: "There's a huge variety of displays.

"For instance, if you go to the cathedral, there's a medieval encampment, there are soldiers from the siege (of Gloucester), there are Romans.

"At Blackfriars, we have monks, we have have-a-go archery there. So really, wherever you go in the city, you're going to see some history."


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