Quick march: Intrepid trio plan to ‘yomp’ like Saxons
Forget walking like an Egyptian, or moving like Jagger, to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings an intrepid trio of latter-day Saxons are aiming to
recreate a magnificent feat of military manoeuvring, the Saxon Army’s epic march from Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire to what we know as Battle, to confront the invading Norman Army, and their date with destiny.
The three present-day Saxons are recreating the epic route march of Harold’s army fresh from the victory at Stamford Bridge, ‘yomping’ down Roman roads and ancient tracks ‘off-road’. Travelling in Saxon gear with Viking weapons seized at the battle, they will leave Stamford Bridge on 2 October to arrive at the meeting place of the Old Hoare Apple Tree Caldbeck Hill at dusk on 13 October, covering 366 miles in 12 days. Peter of Filesham (Filsham), Paul of Gestelinges (Guestling) and Matthew of Roecliffe (in Yorkshire), will be joined by others as they forge south dawn til dusk to meet the Norman invaders
Peter Wheeler, ‘Peter of Filesham’ (modern-day Filsham), in daily life Pier Engineer (poetic!) for Hastings Pier, is leading the attempt, hoping to raise funds for the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity.
He said: “With the 950th Anniversary approaching, its easy to forget the spirited Saxon defence, the final battle was a very close run thing.
“Our march if for a good cause, and to pay tribute to bravery and stamina of the Saxon soldiery, highlighting the Saxon element of the story.”
On marking the 950th anniversary he added: “Well, we can’t let the Normans have all the fun.”
The marchers are inviting those interested to join the marching on October 12 from Sissinghurst (20 Miles), Bodiam (10 Miles) and possibly other locations. Further details will be available closer to the event.
For further information contact: [email protected]
To sponsor the Saxons visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yomp1066
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