This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Jen Richardson (TSS’s usual Manchester correspondent) here this week with the latest in Shakespeare news from Warwickshire!
Last Saturday April 25th, Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s place of birth and death, played host to the annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations. As they do every year, locals and tourists alike lined the streets of the picturesque Warwickshire town to pay homage to its most famous son.
Yellow banners, held aloft by pupils from Shakespeare’s Kind Edward VI school (KES Guildhall), were emblazoned with tributes such as ‘Held precious in the world’s esteem’ and ‘In honour of William Shakespeare, man of Stratford’, setting the tone for the annual celebrations. With local community groups, primary and secondary schools and esteemed scholars coming together to process through the streets of Shakespeare’s hometown, the atmosphere was as electric as it always is, the annual parade an outpouring of immense pride from lovers of The Bard.