Battle of Lewes: Commemoration events did us all proud

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An exciting chapter in the history of our county town came to a close this week. Events to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes in 1264 have proved inspirational.

A good fair few readers will be around in 2064 when 800 years are clocked-up, but for those who won’t the past three weeks of commemorations will never be forgotten.

They have been so diverse and have got the whole community involved, from primary school children to inmates at Lewes Prison, from budding local thespians to the Bonfire societies of Lewes.

The Battle of Lewes Project was a three-year Heritage Lottery-funded initiative to research and explore the battle and to raise awareness of this relatively little-known but deeply significant episode in our history.

Everyone involved has succeeded and deserves thorough congratulation. This was the birth of democracy in England and its principles have been well served.

And well served in an entertaining way. Battle re-enactments and a specially-commissioned musical work; a tapestry that will forever be the town’s pride and a medieval romp written by “the Queen’s favourite poet”.

We have been proud to record the multitude of events and, while loath to blow our own trumpet, are also proud to quote Battle of Lewes Project Officer Edwina Livesey, of the Sussex Archaeological Society.

She said: “I’d like to thank the Sussex Express for its brilliant coverage of Battle of Lewes 750. It has been varied, detailed, beautifully written and truly enjoyable. The Express is a great paper and has proved beyond any doubt whatsoever that it is a true champion for Lewes and for Sussex.”