Earlier this year, staff and volunteers from St Albans Cathedral’s Education Centre were delighted to welcome Supported Learning students from Oaklands College for a workshop with a twist. As part of the Cathedral’s Heritage Lottery funded project, Alban, Britain’s First Saint: Telling the Whole Story, the students worked alongside the Cathedral’s education team and carnival specialists, Mahogany, to create a new roman chariot to add to the spectacular procession.

Oaklands’ Supported Learning Work Placement Officer Rhys Wynne said: “For our students this project has benefited them in ways beyond just creating the puppets. It has boosted their confidence and skillsets and given them the opportunity to play a significant part in creating something that the entire city of St Albans will celebrate and enjoy later this summer. We can’t wait to see their creations come to life in the Alban Pilgrimage this June.”

Check out the video below to see how the puppet was created:

Don’t forget you can see the magnificent new chariot in action on Saturday 23rd June as part of the Cathedral’s annual Alban Pilgrimage. All are encouraged to line the streets of the city and to follow the procession as it makes its way through the streets to St Albans Cathedral.

For more information visit www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/the-alban-pilgrimage/

With thanks to the Media students from Oaklands College’s Welwyn Garden City campus, who shot this footage. Directed and edited by Jheryl Stewart.

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