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'Shakespeare's Church' bell ringing celebrations

Bell ringers at the Holy Trinity church in Stratford are taking part in Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations.

The church itself is known as 'Skakespeare's Church', as it is where he was baptised. He is also buried within the chancel.

Ringing Master, Charles Wilson, explains some of the history of bell ringing at the church.

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Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations

William Shakespeare turns 450 today
William Shakespeare turns 450 today Credit: PA

Celebrations are starting today in Stratford-upon-Avon for William Shakespeare's birthday. The famous playwright was born in the town in 1564.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will celebrate Shakepeare's 450th birthday with a firework display from the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after the evening performance of Henry IV, Part 1.

The celebrations will continue over the weekend offering a range of free family theatre activities including stage fighting workshops and blood, guts and gore make-up classes.

Midlands author's classics to be sold at auction

The first edition of Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' Credit: Bonhams Auctioneers

A first edition of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', and a third folio edition of William Shakespeare's 'Comedies, Histories and Tragedies' go under the hammer today.

Auctioneers, Bonhams, expect both works by the Midlands writers to be sold for between £10,000 and £15,000.

Shakespeare's 'Comedies, Histories and Tragedies' Credit: Bonhams Auctioneers

Stratford-upon-Avon: best place for online business

Hall's Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon, 17th Century home of William Shakespeare's eldest daughter Credit: PA

William Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon has topped a table of towns and cities embracing online business.

Companies in Stratford are the best at using the internet to attract customers and orders, according to research commissioned by Google.

The town has been named as the internet giant's eTown Award winner, following research into 1,300 towns and cities across the UK.

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