THE 355th anniversary of the execution of King Charles I will be marked on Sunday by a simple ceremony at Kidderminster Town Hall.

John Booth, this year's president of the Old Carolians Association, will lay a wreath at the memorial plaque in the Town Hall entrance.

The short service will be conducted by the vicar of Kidderminster, Canon Owain Bell, and will begin at 2.30pm.

All former pupils of the school that bears the king's name are invited to attend.

The king was beheaded by a masked executioner, whose identity has never been revealed.

It has been suggested that he was a professional from France who returned home once he had struck the fatal blow.