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Huge crowds line streets for Shakespeare parade

Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon to watch a special Shakespeare birthday parade on the 400th anniversary of his death.

ITV News reporter Ben Chapman tweeted these photos of the parade:

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Shakespeare First Folio on display for 400th anniversary of his death

Credit: The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

As part of a three month festival celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare, people can see the first copy of his work at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, today. It dates from 1623.

Alongside it will be a first edition of the King James Bible (1611), on loan from Cambridge University.

The exhibition runs until the end of June.

Credit: The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

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Weekend Picks: Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day: 12th March (Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This Saturday visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities.

The family friendly event includes making lavender bags, braiding and weaving, brass rubbing, identifying bird song, and playing Tudor games. Activities will take place in the cottage, in the accessible marquee and around the grounds.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is putting on the event to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and anyone with disabilities to experience all that the cottage has to offer.

“One of our main aims of the day is to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and those with disabilities, together with their families and carers, to find real enjoyment from their visit to the cottage and gardens.

Working with iconic historic venues creates some challenges in terms of access, however the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is focussed on making sure Shakespeare can be available to and enjoyed by all.”

– Becky Cund, Director of HR & Administration at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.shakespeare.org.uk

Woman, 20, found stabbed to death, was 'a source of great joy and laughter'

The family of a 20-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in an attack in Stratford-upon-Avon have described her as a 'loving daughter.'

Bethany Hill as found with wounds to her neck Credit: Warwickshire Police

Bethany Hill was pronounced dead on February 3 after paramedics were called to an address in Hertford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Her family have paid tribute to her describing her as bubbly girl with a 'heart of gold.

Jack Williams, 20 and Kayleigh Louise Woods, 22, who are accused of killing Miss Hill, have been remanded in custody at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court.

"Beth, a loving daughter, sister and auntie, was a source of great joy and laughter. She was very bubbly with a heart of gold. Her laugh is something we will never forget. Her family were so important to her and everyone who knew her loved her.....She loved baking, music, fashion and make-up and she treasured the times she spent with her family....This has sent a shockwave through the family and we are all absolutely devastated......Rest in peace Beth until we meet again, we will always love you."

– Family tribute

Two in court over Stratford-upon-Avon murder

Two people have appeared in court charged with murdering a 20-year-old woman who died after suffering a neck wound.

Bethany Hill was found with wounds to her neck Credit: Warwickshire Police

Jack Williams, 20 and Kayleigh Louise Woods, 22, who are accused of killing Bethany Hill, were both remanded in custody at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court.

Miss Hill was pronounced dead last Wednesday after paramedics were called to an address in Hertford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

A court spokesman said Williams, of Redlands Crescent, Stratford, and Woods, of Hertford Road, are both due to reappear before a judge at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday.

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