VISITORS to one of York's most famous landmarks witnessed a scene from history - an "authentic" Viking wedding.

Tourists taking in the sights at Clifford's Tower on Saturday watched as Snorri, played by Ian Uzzell, and Gyghe, played by Hazel Uzzell, took on the roles of a Viking bride and groom.

The ceremony formed part of the 20th Jorvik Viking Festival, which was launched on Friday.

This year the event has doubled in length to a fortnight, lasting until February 20 and covering both the weeks taken as school half-term holidays by different local authorities.

As part of a packed programme of events this Thursday, people will be able to gather on Lendal Bridge at 6pm to watch the switching on of a giant light display of Viking ships projected on to the Guildhall from the Norwich Union building across the river. It is the work of local artist Nigel Sandor.

For a full programme of festival events, log on to or phone 01904 543403.

Updated: 10:21 Monday, February 07, 2005