His­tory comes to life in town

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MACCLESFIELD Mu­se­ums are invit­ing vis­i­tors to step back in time to 1745 and meet Bon­nie Prince Char­lie as he re­turns to the town in a spe­cial event.

His­tory will come to life at the Old Sun­day School her­itage cen­tre when re-en­ac­tors ex­plore the tale of Charles Ed­ward Stu­art’s ar­rival in the town 270 years ago.

Vis­i­tors can meet the ‘Prince’ him­self, dis­cover the lives of High­land clans­men and even han­dle Ja­co­bite weapons.

The Ja­co­bite up­ris­ing saw thou­sands of sol­diers from Scot­land march to­wards Lon­don in an at­tempt to take back the crown for the Stu­art dy­nasty. ‘Bon­nie Prince Char­lie’ and his army ar­rived in Macclesfield on De­cem­ber 1 1745.

They stayed two nights be­fore head­ing off to­wards Lon­don, but when reach­ing Derby de­cided to retreat, re­turn­ing to Macclesfield on De­cem­ber 20.

The up­ris­ing ended the fol­low­ing spring with Ja­co­bite de­feat at the Battle of Cul­lo­den.

Brock­le­hurst-Whis­ton silk man­u­fac­tur­ers com­mem­o­rated the visit in a spe­cial wo­ven pic­ture which they pro­duced in 1954.

The living his­tory takes place from 10am to 4pm on Satur­day, June 6 and ad­mis­sion is free.

●● The 1954 pic­ture of the prince in Macclesfield

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