9th Dec, 2016

MP marks Battle of Evesham anniversary

Aaron Wise 13th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’S MP Nigel Huddleston has laid a wreath to commemorate the 751st anniversary of the Battle of Evesham and Simon de Montfort’s death.

The Mid Worcestershire MP, who was joined by Evesham Mayor Coun Fred Kaler and his wife Jean, Coun Frances Smith, chairman of Wychavon District Council, and Iris Pinkstone, chairman of the Simon de Montfort Society, attended a memorial event in Abbey Park on Saturday (August 6).

Following a brief service by Rev Andrew Spurr, the Vicar of Evesham, Mr Huddleston laid a wreath on the spot historians believe was the final resting place of Simon de Montfort, who is regarded as one of the progenitors of parliamentary democracy due to his role in leading a rebellion against King Henry III.

Mr Huddleston is an honorary member of the Simon de Montfort Society, which organises the annual commemoration.

The 750th milestone anniversary last year saw thousands of people descend on the town for the event, which included a re-enactment of the battle in the ‘Second Barons’ War’ and a visit by the Speaker of the House of Commons, MP John Bercow.