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Preparing to mark 750th Battle of Lewes anniversary
2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014 in News
Lewes is preparing to party like it’s 1264 as it marks 750 years since its historic battle.
A feast of activities will be on offer for three weeks as the town celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.
Volunteers and organisers were busy erecting huts at the Railway Land this week in preparation for a unique 13th century festival celebrating the role of the battle in forging parliamentary democracy from Friday, May 16, to Sunday, May 18.
Within the constructed 13th century village will be music, political debate and drama including a new play by poet John Agard.
Other activities on offer during the celebrations, which take place between May 3 and May 18, include a costumed procession through the town, a series of expert talks plus exhibitions and displays at Lewes Castle and stalls and activities at a medieval May Fayre.
There will also be a special issue of the Lewes Pound and the launch of Harvey’s 1264 ale.
The Battle of Lewes Project involved more than 400 volunteers with diverse skills and interests.
A digital memorial, Lewes Loves Freedom, is also being set up via Twitter. Residents are being invited to make contact with people they know at home and abroad and invite them to send messages to @LewesFreedom.
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