VISITORS to the recent Chester Mystery Plays production received an historic welcome.

The city’s Freemen and Guilds, dressed in their traditional blue cloaks and hats, were in the undercroft of Chester Cathedral as ‘welcomers’ during the two-week run of the 2013 production.

The plays, which were written by Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Werburgh (now Chester Cathedral), were originally performed by the guilds in medieval Chester on pageant wagons trundled around the city streets.

There were originally 24 guilds, each responsible for their own play, including the Water Leaders & Drawers of the Dee, the Hewsters (Dyers), the Tanners, the Saddlers and the Curriers.