Let Civil War bat­tle at cas­tle comence

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His­toric Hyl­ton Cas­tle is set to pro­vide the per­fect back­drop for an English Civil War bat­tle re-en­act­ment in Sun­der­land this Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

A cast and crew of more than 300 peo­ple from the English Civil War So­ci­ety (ECWS) www.ecws.org.uk will take part in the two-day event on Sun­day, Au­gust 26 and Mon­day, Au­gust 27 set­ting up ri­val camps in the cas­tle grounds.

The pro­gramme for both days in­cludes:

Liv­ing History Vil­lage 11am – 4pm with camp fol­low­ers in pe­riod cos­tume demon­strat­ing the crafts and cook­ery used pre­par­ing troops for bat­tle

In­fantry and Ar­tillery Dis­plays 11am- 1.45pm in uni­forms and us­ing replica weapons of the time

‘Bat­tle for Sun­der­land’ 2.30- 3.30pm Mil­i­tary fi­nale with bat­tle re-en­act­ment fought be­tween the Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and Roy­al­ists

With free en­try, the fam­ily event also in­cludes a fun­fair, stalls, face-painting and story-telling.

The bat­tle re-en­act­ment, which will be one of the largest ever staged in this part of the coun­try, is the lat­est in a se­ries of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment events held within 14th cen­tury Hyl­ton Cas­tle and its grounds, as the Sun­der­land City Coun­cil and Heritage Lottery Fund £4.2mil­lion restora­tion project to re­turn it to the cen­tre of com­mu­nity life con­tin­ues.

Funded by Sun­der­land City Coun­cil’s North Area Com­mit­tee and or­gan­ised by vol­un­tary sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tion Sun­der­land North Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Cen­tre (SNCBC), the event, pre­sented by the English Civil War So­ci­ety, will in­clude cavalry, ar­tillery and in­fantry dis­plays, along with demon­stra­tions of horsemanship, stunts and canon fir­ing.

Chair­man of the North Area Com­mit­tee Coun­cil­lor Denny Wil­son said: “The com­mu­nity-led cul­tural heritage project to re­turn Hyl­ton Cas­tle to life as a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and lo­cal hub for ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties is ex­cit­ing for us all.

“We thought that stag­ing this English Civil War bat­tle re-en­act­ment would be a great way of cap­tur­ing the pub­lic’s imag­i­na­tion, and re­mind­ing ev­ery­one of the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the site and the con­tin­u­ing restora­tion work go­ing on there.

“Invit­ing the Sun­der­land North Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Cen­tre to or­gan­ise such an event, is also a great way of pro­vid­ing fund­ing and demon­strat­ing our sup­port for a com­mu­nity-led busi­ness and lo­cal cre­ative tal­ent.”

Jemma Amer, from the SNCBC, added: “This will be the largest English Civil War Bat­tle Re-en­act­ment ever staged in the re­gion.

“The English Civil War So­ci­ety Vol­un­teers make history come to life, this is a must-see event for all lo­cal peo­ple.”

An­drew New­ton, Direc­tor of the English Civil War So­ci­ety, said: “We feel very priv­i­leged to be able to help tell the story of Sun­der­land’s im­por­tance to the Par­lia­men­tar­ian cause dur­ing the English Civil Wars”.

“Hyl­ton Cas­tle will make a won­der­ful back­drop to our dis­plays, and our mem­bers are look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the event a huge suc­cess, as well as high­light­ing the beauty of the cas­tle.

“I’m sure the roar­ing of the can­nons and pound­ing of horses hooves, along with the colour­ful clash of weapons, will make ‘The Bat­tle For Sun­der­land’ an Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day to re­mem­ber.”

A re-en­act­ment will take place this week­end.

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