Colchester commemorates its heritage with town centre event

First World War dressed reenactors from Worchester Household set up camp at the Colchester Heritage

First World War dressed reenactors from Worchester Household set up camp at the Colchester Heritage Day in Colchester Castle Park. - Credit: Su Anderson

Colchester was transported back in time yesterday as it celebrated Heritage Open Weekend.

First World War dressed reenactors from Worchester Household set up camp at the Colchester Heritage

First World War dressed reenactors from Worchester Household set up camp at the Colchester Heritage Day in Colchester Castle Park. - Credit: Su Anderson

The High Street closed as re-enactors from through the ages took over the town centre with a whole host of sideshows and entertainment running alongside the usual Charter Market.

A total of 29 historic properties, including the castle, opened their doors for free as part of the national initiative.

Tim Young, Colchester borough councillor for culture, said: “I don’t think any of us expected just how successful the day would be.

“I have heard nothing bad about it. It was a real triumph and there were a lot of people in the town.


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“Everyone was having a great time, and there was so much to see and do. It was so well run by the council, Town Team and everyone else who was involved.

“It is absolutely important for Colchester to celebrate its heritage. As Britain’s oldest recorded town if we can’t who can?

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“Although it’s great to have a focus on one day, Colchester more or less celebrates its history every day.

“We have got a number of ambitious plans to promote Colchester and its history and heritage better, so we plan to do a lot more of this type of event, be it in Castle Park or closing the High Street more than we have done.”

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