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Nantwich Gears Up for 370th Anniversary of Holly Holy Day

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See the re-enactment, surrounding activities and support the businesses of Nantwich on 25th January.

Nantwich is gearing up for Holly Holy Day, the annual civil war re-enactment, which this year takes place on Saturday 25 January, the 370th anniversary of the original battle.

Holly Holy Day, organised in association with the Sealed Knot, is the largest Civil War re-enactment in the country and offers a fabulous day out for all the family, combining a celebration of Nantwich’s rich history with a plethora of activities designed to keep the whole family occupied.

Entertainment starts in the Square at 9.30 am courtesy of RedShift Radio, who will be hosting a series of stage performances including X-Academy, Domesday Morris Dancers, Nantwich Primary Schools who will be portraying Nantwich through the ages and a tableau from Nantwich Players, which will conclude with a pillory re-enactment opposite the Museum.

Other entertainments taking place throughout the town during the morning include plough witches, horses on parade, a hog roast, face painting in the Market Hall and a living history tableau on the lawns outside St Mary’s Church.

Meanwhile, Nantwich Museum will be hosting several supporting events including a Battle of Nantwich exhibition, a musketry demonstration and guided civil war walks whilst the Nantwich Bookshop will be hosting a civil war authors’ book signing event. On hand to sign copies of their novels will be local author DW Bradbridge, Lindsey Davis and Michael Arnold.

The impressive Soldiers Parade commences in the town centre at 1.30 pm and is followed by a wreath laying ceremony and the soldiers’ march to Mill Island, where the battle re-enactment commences at 2 pm. Access to Mill Island to view the event costs £2 per adult and £1 per child with all proceeds going towards the ongoing costs of running this annual event, which is organised and staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers.

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The storm which preceded the battle was spectacular. It went so dark that my wife had to select the 'night vision' setting on her camera to take photos. It all added to the atmosphere. Well done to everyone who took part - it gave a real flavour of what it must have been like. Although, there di...
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