September 5th is Gloucester Day. It harks back to 1643 and the triumphant end of the Siege of Gloucester. The Southgate was re-erected the same year with the inscription “A City Assulted by Man but Saved by God – Ever Remember the 5th of September, 1643, Give God the Glory”, although personally I think the glory should go to the men and women who braved the siege rather than God.
It is of course no longer a national holiday, but a parade is held through the city of Gloucester, consisting of people in historic dress of various periods, war veterans, marching bands, youth groups and the usual tail of god-botherers.
This years parade was held today (4 September) – it was a glorious sunny day and the parade was impressively large. An excellent event for the city.