Monday 20th May 2013
History will come alive as the English Civil War is staged in Chesterfield this Bank Holiday.
Jonathan Taylor (pictured below, 2nd left) has spent most of his life working in schools - he's also spent most of his life on the battlefield.
Jonathan Taylor (2nd left) and the Chesterfield English Civil War Society will be waging war at Holmebrook Vally Park this Bank Holiday weekend
The retired educational consultant is a long-standing member of the English Civil War Society and will be leading the Royalist troops at Chesterfield's Civil War event on Sunday 26th May and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May at Holmebrook Valley Park between 11am and 4pm.
Jonathan explains: "I have always been interested in political and military history and the Civil War period is crucial to understanding the democratic rule we have today.
"It's also the mid-way point between the medieval battles with bows and arrows and the type of infantry they had at the Battle of Waterloo."
The event will recreate some of the battles held in Derbyshire in the 1640s.
Jonathan said: "Chesterfield is an exciting place to hold this event. The town was full of lead miners and raised a regiment in favour of Parliament, while in nearby Bolsover, the owner of Bolsover Castle - the Marquess of Newcastle - raised an army in favour of the Royalists."
Families will also be able to visit Living History camps where they can talk to protagonists on both sides about the lives people living in that era would have experienced.
Jonathan and his fellow re-enactors had been producing artefacts such as wheelbarrows to an original 17th century design.
The members of the society are nothing if not versatile. Many swapped their muskets for placards as they played miners in skirmishes with police during Battle of Orgreave for a Channel 4 programme about the Miners' Strike of 1984 - 85: "There was little difference, apart from the costumes", Jonathan explained, "once you are able to act as a team, the rest comes naturally."
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Environment (left) added: "It is a real coup to get the English Civil War society to perform a live show in Chesterfield and will contribute to the council's work to promote the area as a leisure destination.
"Their show will provide a great family day out while bringing to life a pivotal moment in our country's history."
Residents living near Holmebrook Valley Park are being warned that there will be loud noises from the cannon and guns during the battle re-enactments on both days.
Hourly buses will be provided on two routes to Holmebrook Valley Park on both days of the Civil War festival event. There will be a small charge.
One bus will start in Staveley and go through Tapton to the park, while the other will leave from Barrow Hill, stopping in Whittington Moor. Both services will start at 10.30am and have return journeys starting at 4.30pm.
Further information is available by visiting www.chesterfield.gov.uk and clicking on the English Civil War festival button at the bottom of the home page or by ringing the bus operator D W Coaches on 01246 864039.
The event will also include a children's fair, stalls and a beer tent for adults.
Further information about the English Civil War Society can be found on their website at www.ecws.org.uk
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