WORCESTER will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of its Charter on Saturday, October 2.

A day of displays, a chance to see commemorative artwork, hear the reading of the Charter, a rare opportunity to see the original 1621 Charter and much more at Worcester Guildhall.

In the run-up to Charter Day, Discover History will be delivering its new Charter400 Walking Tour that will set the scene for the celebrations.

The 90-minute guided tour takes a look at the Charter and the privileges that Worcester was gifted. It also looks at the personal story of the first Mayor of the City, created by the King James Charter.

Paul Harding, lead guide, said: "Edward Hurdman is a really interesting man. He was born into a yeoman farming family in Kempsey and moved to Worcester to seek his fortune in the thriving wool trade.

"And in 1621 he was chosen to be the first Mayor of the City! It’s a real rags to riches story."

Starting on Monday, September 27, for one week only, you can book on this celebratory tour. It costs £7.50 per person and starts at 10.30am daily until Friday, October 1.

Booking is essential, so call 07949 222137 or email discoverhistory@aol.com, to book your place.

Charter400 event leaflets and specially commissioned merchandise are available from the tourist office at the Guildhall. Further details can also be found online at www.visitworcester.co.uk/charter-400/