On Saturday 23rd April 2016, the official anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death, it felt as if the entire world had descended on the picturesque Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The streets were heaving with visitors from far and wide, and the world’s media were represented in vast numbers.

Celebrating this special, 400th anniversary year since the death of Shakespeare, the annual parade was, once again, a vibrant mixture of local school children, scholars and members of various organisations – including a New Orleans jazz band that lent a celebratory feel to proceedings!

Making its way through the very streets that would have been so familiar to Shakespeare himself, the lively procession made its way to his final resting place in Holy Trinity Church where thousands flocked to lay flowers in remembrance.

Here are some images from the special day…

 

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Jen Richardson

Author Jen Richardson

I first fell in love with Shakespeare as a fifteen year old school girl: we were studying Macbeth, and I was the only one in my English class that lived for those lessons and the only one who would volunteer to read out Lady Macbeth's part. He got under my skin, and he's still there today. After discovering my love for Shakespeare at an early age, I went on to pursue an acting career, training with a Manchester-based tutor and gaining experience through various casting jobs. Whilst drama remains a great hobby of mine, my focus is now on sharing my knowledge and experience of Shakespeare through my writing. I am an avid supporter of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and take huge inspiration from scholars such as Stanley Wells, CBE and Professor Paul Edmondson. In my spare time, I'm generally down in Stratford-upon-Avon watching a play at The RSC Theatre or sitting on my favourite bench at the back of Holy Trinity Church...

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