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Reading Abbey 900th Video Produced To Coincide With Anniversary In 2021

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Reading UK has produced a new introductory film to Reading Abbey Quarter to coincide with Reading Abbey’s 900th anniversary in 2021.

Reading Abbey 900 has been produced to raise awareness of the Abbey as one of England’s outstanding medieval gems and to encourage visits to Reading later in the year, once the current COVID situation allows. Reading, Reading Abbey Ruins and its remarkable story is not as well-known as it deserves to be, but the 900th anniversary of the Abbey’s foundation by King Henry I of England provides a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of this slice of English history and to attract visitors to Reading.

The film was initially created as part of the tourism work Reading UK has undertaken with UK and international travel trade operators to support the visitor and hospitality economy in Reading. With the beginning of 2021 coinciding with continued tightened restrictions on travelling and a #stayhome message, Reading UK is now launching the film directly to the visitor market to encourage people to plan a visit to Reading later in the year.

Reading UK Director

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK, said: “The Abbey’s 900th anniversary in 2021 provides Reading with a real opportunity to celebrate the heritage on our doorstep and to attract visitors to walk in the footsteps of 900 years of history. Reading’s tourism and hospitality economy has been decimated by the global pandemic but we are hopeful that once restrictions are lifted later in the year and the situation once again allows people to travel, heightened awareness of Reading Abbey’s remarkable history will encourage people to come, explore and stay in Reading.  In the meantime, our new film will introduce Reading Abbey Ruins to those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit.”

The film Reading Abbey 900 was Made in Reading. It was commissioned and written by Reading UK, presented by Reading-based actor Benedict Sandiford and filmed by Reading-based film producer/director Henry Steedman.

Reading Abbey 900th Video Link

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