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15th April

This year I’m marking the 558th Palm Sunday since the Battle of Towton with a look back at some of the commemorations held by Towton Battlefield Society since I became a member in late 2004.

I remember being very excited about taking part in my first event in 2005, dressed as a male archer in borrowed kit, and camping in the field behind Towton Hall in a company tent. Back in those days it was a pretty small, informal affair attended by a few dozen re-enactors and a few hundred members of the public, with a small unrehearsed melee (pictured) forming the climax of the day. But with the founding of the TBS in-house group, the Frei Compagnie, in 2007, we formalised things with a planned programme of shows and activities lasting the whole day, and ending with a full battle scenario; the ‘Battle of Ferrybridge,’ incorporating a mocked-up wooden bridge, (you can see the Cliffords defending it below centre) ran for several years.

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