Civil War celebrations in Nottinghamshire

Newark.avi.00_32_25_16.Still001One thousand people recreated a series of historic battle scenes to celebrate the opening of the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

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The events were held all over the town to commemorate the opening of the £5.4 million National Civil War Centre this bank holiday weekend.civil war

The centre will now act as the country’s main resource for information and attractions on the English Civil War.

It is hoped that the centre, based in the town’s Old Magnus Building, will attract around 60,000 people each year.

Newark beat competition from other towns and cities across the country to be named as the home of the new centre.

Monday saw the re-enactment of the third siege of Newark Castle, with thousands of people turning up to watch the proceedings.

The day’s events culminated in the surrender of Newark Castle to Parliamentarian forces, with an actor even playing the role of King Charles I himself after the mock siege.

Richard Darn, communications officer for the National Civil War Museum, said: “The turnout’s been fantastic.

“Enthusiastic re-enactors have come from all over the country to camp out in Newark, as the town was really strategically important during the war.”

The re-enactments also featured pike battles, as well as cannon and musket fire.

One soldier was even left requiring treatment from the ambulance service after a pitched battle was re-enacted with slightly too much fervour.

Stalls were also set up around the castle selling food, along with demonstrating traditional clothes and weapons from the 17th Century.

Howard Giles, who organised the weekend’s events, added: “The event’s been brilliant and we’re hoping it’ll bring many more visitors to Newark.

“Dramatic scenes like this can really ignite interest in this period of our country’s history, as well as our town.”

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