Group gears up for battle’s anniversary

Ambitious plans are being drawn up to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

A Battle-based group led by Simon Alexander have unveiled the plans for the big anniversary in 2016.

They include a parade through the town, a special commemorative booklet and a big celebration at Battle Abbey.

Invitations have been sent out to the mayors of five towns in Normandy.

Mr Alexander said: “As local people, we know just how important ‘1066’ is to the town, and we want to make sure that the 950th anniversary of the battle, Friday, October 14, 2016, is properly marked locally.

“A group of us – all volunteers – have been working hard on plans to ensure that this date is 
given the recognition it deserves.

“We will be publishing an historical booklet early in 2016, and on Friday, October 14, 2016 we will be holding a military parade through Battle, with the military band of the Gurkha regiment.

“There will be a special service at St Mary’s Church, and a special Commemoration party, a Vin d’Honneur, will be held on the evening of October 14 in the Abbots Hall at Battle Abbey school.

“We will publicise more of the programme of events when we can.

“There is still much to do, but I am confident that the commemorations here in Battle on will truly ensure that the town retains its place in history.”

The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14, 1066 between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II.