An extra day has been added to an annual festival celebrating a town’s heritage.

Waltham Abbey’s Holy Cross event will span three days rather than the usual two due to the added celebration of the centenary of the Diocese of Chelmsford.

The event commemorates the arrival of the Holy Cross in the town from Somerset in 1035.

The Abbey church in Highbridge Street is dedicated to the Holy Cross and St Lawrence.

The festivities will begin on September 12 and finish on the September 14 including services, a choir concert, fireworks and four processions from various meeting point which will come together in the town centre.

Celebrations will also be held at Holy Innocents in Church Lane, High Beech, as well as St Thomas’ in Horseshoe Hill, Upshire.