22nd Oct, 2016

Vale MP welcomes potential Battle boost

Aaron Wise 17th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’s MP Nigel Huddleston has told the House of Commons the 750 year anniversary of the Battle of Evesham will be a ‘good boost for local tourism’.

Mr Huddleston used culture, media and sport questions on Thursday (July 9) to highlight how beneficial the significant anniversary will be for Evesham, including showcasing the town’s heritage and a boost for the tourism economy.

The Secretary of State, MP John Whittingdale, acknowledged the importance of the battle saying it is one of many on a list of the UK’s top anniversaries this year and will undoubtedly not only increase awareness of heritage but draw more foreign visitors to the country.

“I was delighted to get the opportunity to mention the Battle of Evesham in the House of Commons,” said Mr Huddleston.

“The Battle of Evesham provides a strong link between Worcestershire and Parliament as it was at this battle that Simon De Montfort, who is often called the founder of parliamentary democracy, was killed.

“I am looking forward to attending the celebrations in Evesham in August and I am delighted that the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, will also be attending,” he added.

A range of events are taking to signify the battle next month, starting on Saturday, August 1 when Abbey Park celebrates ‘Democracy Day’.

The next day churches across the vale will have special services to mark the event, followed by a Battle of Evesham geography walk from 2pm.

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 will become a Medieval Festival Weekend, which could be the largest mid-13th century re-enactment event ever held in England.

It includes craft stalls, a war games tent, living history displays and demonstrations, food, drink and much more.

Visit www.battleofevesham.co.uk for more information and the latest news on the event.