Knight fever!

Camelot day is a big draw

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­ @KarenBrit­ton1

THE MAG­I­CAL world of King Arthur’s Camelot came alive at a spe­cial day.

More than 250 vis­i­tors flocked to Camelot Day at St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilm­slow on Sun­day. On Mon­day 150 school­child­ren from Lacey Green, Gorsey Bank and St Anne’s Ful­shaw at­tended too.

The church was trans­formed into the leg­endary city, com­plete with a me­dieval vil­lage and tur­reted cas­tle, team­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties and events for all ages. King Arthur, Mike Gar­side, held court sit­ting at his Round Ta­ble while the mys­ti­cal Mer­lin re­cited spells. Knights helped young vis­i­tors try their hand at archery and the young archers de­signed wooden shields.

Eli­nor Mount­ford and Olivia King re­told the story of the leg­end of Alder­ley Edge, which says that King Arthur and his knights are sleep­ing un­der the an­cient for­est.

Eli­nor, the event or­gan­iser, said: “I can’t praise the team highly enough.

“The church looked stun­ning and it was won­der­ful to see the ex­cite­ment on the faces of the chil­dren.

“Our main aim with this was event was to pro­vide a lit­tle magic for fam­i­lies and from the feed­back we re­ceived I’d say we’ve cer­tainly suc­ceeded. Spe­cial thanks go in par­tic­u­lar to our Duke of Ed­in­burgh can­di­dates from Wilm­slow High School who ex­celled them­selves en­ter­tain­ing the chil­dren on the day but also pre­par­ing crafts and set­ting up.”

Pic­tures by Do­minic Sal­ter

From left: Ly­dia Potts, Si­mon Potts, and church war­den Bar­bara Fos­ter

Berie Dud­ley and Liyah Saund share a joke

Ted Kirkby Waugh, seven, is a Knight of the Round Ta­ble with his home­made shield

Gate­keep­ers Grace Reed and Bob Tay­lor dress for the part

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