1066 anniversary: Hundreds head to Battle for a day of events

A day of events took place in Battle to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111423001
A day of events took place in Battle to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111423001

Hundreds of people descended on Battle yesterday (Friday, October 14) for a day of events marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Schoolchildren dressed as Normans and Saxons paraded out of the Abbey Gatehouse and down High Street, led by a military band, to kick off the celebrations for 1066.

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111555001

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111555001

In the Abbey grounds, pretend soldiers rehearsed the reenactment of the Battle of Hastings scheduled for the weekend.

On either side of the battlefield, the Norman and Saxon camps were set up with people cooking and sewing and others making weapons, all dressed in 11th century garments.

Back in the town, a castle made of balloons is attracting many intrigued visitors at Battle and Langton Primary School, with an inflated gallows, royal bed, trebuchet and even a King Richard with an arrow through his eye.

The beautiful sculpture of a horse is now on show on the roundabout by Battle Library, which is home to a display of work by schoolchildren.

A day of events took place in Battle to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111436001

A day of events took place in Battle to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111436001

In the Memorial Halls, the community tapestry is on show as well as entertainment for kids.

At 3.30pm, a service to commemorate the anniversary was held at St Mary’s Parish Church before another parade and performance from the military band at 5.30pm on Abbey Green.

A final parade at 6.20pm ended the day’s events after a flag-lowering ceremony at dusk on the green.

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Hastings Week: 1066 march down Battle High Street. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161015-062148001

Hastings Week: 1066 march down Battle High Street. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161015-062148001

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A day of events took place in Battle to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111410001

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