THIS year’s annual Asparagus Run saw a fleet of classic cars and ‘famous names’ head to Leicester.
Visitors from the Vale and further afield flocked to The Fleece Inn in Bretforton last Thursday (April 23) as the festival began in style with Evesham’s famous vegetable taking centre stage on St George’s Day.
And following a morning of events, classic cars carrying civic dignitaries and the likes of St George, Gus The Asparagus Man and, for the first time, Simon de Montfort took to the road for a trip to the East Midlands.
This year is the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham at which Simon de Montfort (the 6th Earl of Leicester) was killed whilst trying to defend democracy.
So in his honour, this year’s Asparagus Run headed to Leicester where they also celebrate his earldom and have several buildings named in his honour.
The newly-harvested asparagus spears were escorted by vintage and Morgan Cars to Leicester and be the focus of their St George’s Day celebration feast that evening
Visit www.britishasparagusfestival.org to find out more about the British Asparagus Festival 2015, and all its associated events.
Log on to www.battleofevesham.co.uk for more about the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham.
Simon De Montfort address local people supported by Lynne Duffy, chairman of Wychavon District Council. Picture by Stuart Purfield
Civic dignatries recieved a crop of Asparagus from Coun Duffy. Picture by Stuart Purfield
Civic dignatries recieved a crop of Asparagus from Coun Duffy and friends. Picture by Stuart Purfield
Simon De Montfort returns ‘home’. Picture by Stuart Purfield
A host of entertainment was laid on for locals. Picture by Stuart Purfield