Celebrations mark Chichester's city walls restoration

Chichester Cathedral
Image caption The Roman walls have surrounded the West Sussex city of Chichester for 1,700 years

Celebrations to mark the completion of a major restoration project of Chichester's historic City Walls have been announced.

The three-year restoration project, funded by £685,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, involved repairs to prevent the structure from leaning.

The Roman walls have surrounded the West Sussex city for 1,700 years.

During the celebrations next month, a history film will be projected onto the illuminated walls.

Families will be invited to a picnic in Bishop's Palace Gardens and a parade by schoolchildren will march through the town.

The walls are classed as a Scheduled Monument and at nearly 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long are thought to be the "most intact circuit" in the South East.

During the restoration, engineers drove anchors into the the walls to prevent them from leaning, while stonemasons carried out repairs.

In addition to the lottery money, Chichester District Council contributed £200,000.

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