VIKINGS, godesses and medieval characters are preparing for this year’s Horndon Feast and Fayre weekend.

The theme for this year’s event, held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 is a Celebration of the River Thames through the Ages.

The organising committee is celebrating the role the river has played from the Middle Ages when it was used by merchants to the shipping and port activity of today.

The event runs from 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 9am until 5pm on Sunday with live music, refreshments, Viking re-enactments and, of course, the famed Rotary Club of Thurrock Gateway 10k run starting at 10am on Sunday.

The mediaeval Church of St Peter and St Paul will have a special display of flowers on the theme of the Thames and some genuine Essex Vikings will be encamped in The Swan Car Park for the duration of the weekend.

The “Eastend to Southend” exhibition will also be open at the Swan Gallery, upstairs at The Swan, from 1pm until 11pm both days.

The Swan Gallery was created last summer by members of the Dacha art group in Horndon, with support from landlady Rita, in time to host an exhibition by local artists for the first ever Thurrock Art Trail. The exhibition will run until July 2.

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