City gears up for historic celebration
By David Wood
Gloucester History Festival kicks off on Saturday (September 4) with the city's historic celebration of Gloucester Day.
The Cross Streets of Gloucester will come alive with stalls, stands, lively performances (on the stage on Southgate Street) and all the pomp and ceremony of the traditional Gloucester Day parade through the four main gated streets, led by the Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester, in full Civic Regalia.
The Gloucester Day timetable:
(Programme and running order is subject to change, dependent on local and national Covid-19 guidelines)
11am: Mock Mayor of Barton Parade and Mayor Making Ceremony
12 noon: Gloucester Day Service St Mary DeCrypt Church (Discover Decrypt)
2pm: Gloucester Day Parade
Grand opening of the Cathedral Quarter on Westgate Street
Stalls at The Cross will be open between 9.45am and 4pm
Southgate Street Stage performances
10am: Gospel Choir
11.20am: Mock Mayor of Barton's Parade welcomed into the City by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Gloucester.
11.40am: Bygonz Performance
12 noon: Gloucester Strings Ukulele Club
1:20pm: Gloucester Swing Dance
2:20pm: Civic Party take the salute
Gloucester Day traditionally marks the launch of the festival and raises morale in the City. The Gloucester Day event is the reinstatement of the original Gloucester Day - a day of celebration on the lifting of the siege of Gloucester - in 1643. This occasion was celebrated annually for centuries.
Alan Myatt, who has been Gloucester town crier for over 30 years, is the driving force behind the event, which started in 2008.
He said: "This event is designed to install and promote pride in our historic city by creating interest in its rich heritage and colourful past."
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