500 extra people invited into Gloucester Prison
MORE than 500 people will get the chance of rare glimpse inside Gloucester Prison after extra tour places were made available.
Last month people were left disappointed because of a mix-up with tickets for tours taking place this weekend.
The Ministry of Justice gave out 520 tickets before Marketing Gloucester advertised them to the public as part of the city’s History Festival.
City MP Richard Graham has now worked with the Ministry of Justice to offer extra tours later this month.
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The extra 520 visitors will be able to tour the prison on September 21 and 22, shown around by volunteer guides from Gloucester Civic Trust.
Gloucester historian Phil Moss said: “The Civic Trust guides were delighted to have the chance to show residents around one of the city’s most historical and interesting sites.”
There are still about 80 places available for the new tours, which will be given out on a first come, first served basis, to Gloucester residents only. The other places have gone to those who initially contacted the tourist information centre for tickets, as well as those who already contacted Mr Graham in case extra tours were arranged.
Mr Graham, who created the History Festival and was responsible for persuading the MoJ to open the former prison to the public, said: “This is a good example of everyone working together to allow more people to see a part of our city’s heritage. I am grateful to the Minister, the Department and our own Civic Trust for making it all possible.
“Supply of places will never equal demand in a city our size and I hope residents will recognise that getting over 1,000 people to see the prison is a lot more than we could have expected.
“It is a sombre place to visit and those expecting to see how cushy life in our prisons is will be disappointed.”
Tickets can be booked by emailing email@example.com with your name, address and telephone number or by calling Richard Graham’s office on 01452 501167 after 9am on Thursday.
They are limited to one ticket per email.