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Historic areas could be a boost for tourists
THE city’s links to the English Civil War are being lost and neglected, according to a concerned resident.
Jayne and Darren Snape, of Old Road, moved to the area about six years ago and have taken a keen interest in the nearby Powick Bridge battle site ever since.
They have grown concerned that not enough is being done to draw attention to the Battle of Worcester, with litter, weeds and dog mess dominating the area, while also calling for improved signage and the installation of information boards at relevant points around the Faithful City.
Mrs Snape believes they could become an asset to the city by attracting more visitors and tourists to boost the local economy. She said: “It is still one of the largest battles fought in this country, ever. The history is amazing but nobody is doing anything about promoting it.
“It seems awful that Worcester isn’t taking more pride. Someone needs to visit these sites, get them into shape and present them right.
“Any visitor, whether local, from the UK, or overseas, would be shocked at how we present our heritage.”
Helen Large, marketing manager for Museums Worcestershire, said work was taking place to decide how best to make the most of the important sites and the city’s rich heritage.
“Museums Worcestershire is currently working with partners across the city, including the Battle of Worcester partnership, to promote Worcester’s heritage regarding its important role in the English Civil War.
“This includes looking at those sites in the city that played a major role and how we can draw them together to commemorate these im-portant events and promote Worcester’s heritage.
“In the meantime there is an excellent Civil War trail produced by the Battle of Worcester Partnership available on the website.”
Powick Bridge was the scene of a famous cavalry charge by Prince Rupert’s troopers. Visit whub.org.uk/ cms/museums-worcestershire.aspx for more details.
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