28th Oct, 2016

Evesham plays host to bygone Battle

Rob George 13th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE VALE stepped back in time for possibly the largest 13th century historical event ever held in England to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham.

A full re-enactment of the battle, living history displays, craft fairs, demonstrations, wargames tent and various authentic and traditional entertainments were all on offer last weekend.

Both the Crown Meadow and Corporation Meadow played host to a range of activities for the weekend as thousands of Evesham residents experienced life in the 13th century and a battle which gave birth to the democracy we know today.

A tapestry display and workshop was also among the highlights and offered Evesham residents the chance to take a peek at tapestry from the Battle of Lewes in 1264.

The packed programme of events was one of the highlights of the Battle of Evesham commemorations has also featured House of Commons speaker John Bercow who paid a visit to Evesham on August 1.

Mr Speaker was on hand for the launch event which included musical entertainment and local dignitaries.

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley, led the service which featured contributions from representatives of the Simon de Montfort Society and others.

An unveiling and dedication of a memorial plaque and the laying of wreaths brought the event to a close while Mr Speaker addressed guests which included the Mayor of Evesham Coun Fred Kaler and Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston.

“Launching the Battle of Evesham 75 0th Anniversary, we were pleased to welcome both the Lord-Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, and also the Speaker and the Serjeant at Arms of the House of Commons, Nigel Huddleston MP and many others,” said Clive Bostle from the Simon de Montfort Society.

“It really was a momentous day for Evesham – a memorial event that only comes round every 50 years,” he added.

Antonia Coles, festival organiser, said: “This special anniversary saw so many things for the whole family to enjoy.

“We were delighted to welcome over 300 re-enactors joining us for the largest re-enactment of its kind to be held in the UK, as well as falconry displays, armoury, medieval living and much, much more.”