By Mike Laycock in The Press.
A tapestry depicting the 1066 Battle of Fulford is to go on temporary display in France, near the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
But before it crosses the channel, York residents and visitors will get a chance to see it when it is displayed for two days inside a city centre bank as part of the Jorvik Viking Festival.
French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced at an Anglo-French summit that the historical tapestry in Bayeux – which depicts the Norman victory at the Battle of Hastings – was to be loaned to Britain for the first time since it left these shores nearly a thousand years ago.
But archaeologist Chas Jones, who designed the Bayeux-style work about the Fulford battle, has already made arrangements with the French authorities for it to go on tour in Normandy next month.
He said it was set to go on public display in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme from March 13 to 20, before being shown to conservators in Bayeux itself and then to academics at the University of Caen.
The 5.6 metre long tapestry, which has already been shown to MPs at Westminster, took a team of York embroiderers about seven years to complete.
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