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Colchester's past and possible future celebrated during heritage weekend
10:16am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
COLCHESTER’S past and what could be on the horizon were celebrated at the Heritage Open Days weekend.
The annual event saw town residents and tourists alike given the opportunity to tour historic buildings and site they would not normally have access to.
This year, a Covent Garden-style street festival was organised by independent traders on Saturday to launch the new Shops on the Walls project - a bid to create Colchester’s version of Brighton’s The Lanes.
The route, much of which runs above the town’s Roman wall, was marked with musicians, human statues and Roman centurions.
Over the weekend, visitors were allowed behind the scenes glimpses of sites include St Johns’ Abbey Gatehouse, Audley Chapel, Peake’s House in the Dutch Quarter and a host of historic churches.
There were also several tours, including a vintage bus trip around the town, a trek around the Roman walls and a tour offering insight into Colchester’s Dutch Quarter.
For two pages of pictures, see Tuesday's Gazette.
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