A ducking stool is to be put on display to remind people about injustice in days gone by.

The ducking stool, which was used to punish people by ducking them in the river, is due to go on display in Leominster Priory, Leominster.

A special service is due to be held on Sunday, May 9, to mark the occasion.

The ducking stool, which still works, has been kept tucked away in the priory for more than 100 years but church-goers have decide to give it a more prominent position.

"The service will acknowledge the wrongs that were done, mainly at the expense of women over the centuries," said Paul Scott, spokesman for the 13th Century Leominster Priory.

"It was an imposition of punishment where no crime existed, sometimes of guilt by association."

The stools were often used to duck suspected "witches", many of whom drowned.

"We have questioned whether a church is the right place for such a thing," said Mr Scott.

"But we have decided that we can use it to remind people about injustice, not only centuries ago but today as well."

The ducking stool service is to take place following the 10am service, at about 11am.