Civil war history to be brought to life in town

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History is being brought to life with a week of events highlighting a South Yorkshire town’s role in two civil wars.

From this Friday until Sunday, May 12, Rotherham Minster is hosting activities which recall the Wars of the Roses of 1455 to 1485 and the Civil War, between 1642 and 1652.

Organised by Rotherham Heritage Education Group, the programme will begin with a sLatin Mass at the Minster at 7.15pm on Friday, May 3.

Music from the time of Richard III will be heard at the Minster at 7.30 pm on Saturday, May 4, when the church will host the York Waits, a famous living history band.

The group, with singer Deborah Catterall, will perform the ‘White Rose and the Red’, which includes songs, dances and instrumental music from the end of the 15th century.

Tickets cost £12.75 and £9.75 and are available from the Rotherham Visitor Centre. Under-16s go free.

The following Thursday, May 9, is Ascension Day and at 7.15 pm a service will celebrate the 1549 Eucharist from the First Book of Common Prayer.

On Saturday, May 11, both Rotherham Minster and the town’s rare Chapel on the Bridge, which dates back to the 15th century, will be open from 10.30 am to 4pm. There will also be 17th century exhibitions from the Civil War period in the Minster Church Yard from 10am to 4pm.