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Royal banquet laid on at Condover Hall, near Shrewsbury

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[gallery] Children from a Shropshire primary school stepped back in time as they welcomed Queen Elizabeth I to a special Tudor banquet.

The monarch made an appearance as part of an interactive 'Hooked on History' day at Condover Hall, near Shrewsbury.

Pupils from Condover Primary School were on hand to welcome the Tudor Queen of England with a curtsey and they also helped to prepare food for a royal banquet.

Fiona Kimberlin, a member of staff at Condover Hall, played the role of Elizabeth.

She said: "It was absolutely fabulous. The children really got into it and really played the roles, they were talking to me as if I was the queen throughout the banquet." The banquet was part of a pilot history programme which ran all last week at the activity centre.

The sessions are organised by TV actor and historian Gregor Truter, who has made appearances in Oscar-winning films The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.

He said: "This is about making history as exciting as all the other activities here. We want children to leave Condover with the same sense of exhilaration as they do after an archery or rope session."

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