Watch a grisly re-enactment of the death of Britain’s first saint

St Albans, Hertfordshire

Join thousands of people gathering in the streets of St Albans for Alban Weekend, a festival in June that re-enacts the life of St Albans.

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If you venture to the cathedral city of St Albans on 20th June, you are likely to witness a grisly public execution. Don’t worry though; the characters involved are 12ft-tall carnival puppets in a tradition that’s thought to extend back hundreds of years.

Each summer, the ancient market city, steeped in 2,000 years of history, retells the story of Britain’s first saint, Alban, with a re-enactment of his last few hours.

The city comes alive with a carnival spirit over Alban Weekend, with enormous carnival puppets, Roman chariots, children dressed as centurions, lions, roses and executioners all parading through the streets of the city, finishing outside the 11th-century cathedral where the puppet of Alban is executed and the eyes of the executioner pop out in front of thousands of people.

And to top it all off, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be attending this year’s festival to celebrate the life of Britain’s first saint.

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