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Singing, Spitfires and sausages: Gloucester’s Polish Heritage Day celebrated by thousands

Traditional folk dancers at the Polish Heritage Day in Gloucester. Credit: ITV News West Country

People from across Gloucester came together at the weekend to celebrate the city’s Polish community.

Thousands gathered in King’s Square for Polish Heritage Day, which took place on Saturday (May 11).

The event, now in its third year, is considered the biggest of its type in Gloucestershire and celebrates Polish culture and traditions - with music, dance and food all on offer.

Among the delicacies were Polish sausages, which were served on the day in large hot dog baps.

The giant hot dogs on offer. Credit: ITV News West Country

I think my son is going to have to help me out. I think I might be eating it for my dinner tonight as well!

– Festival goer

In addition to the food, there was also a Spitfire engine on display from the Polish 303 squadron which fought during the Battle of Britain.

6,000
The number of Polish people thought to be living in Gloucestershire

Organisers hoped to use the event to celebrate 250 years of the “formal establishment of Polish-British diplomatic relations and the centenary of the renewal of Polish-British bilateral relations".