MUSICIANS NEEDED: Help provide soundtrack to once-in-a-lifetime Battle of Chesterfield event

Shirley Niblock, secretary of Chesterfield 750, publicity officer Colin Harrison, their chairman Peter Gray and Trevor Lilley gear up for their up-coming celebration in 2016.

Shirley Niblock, secretary of Chesterfield 750, publicity officer Colin Harrison, their chairman Peter Gray and Trevor Lilley gear up for their up-coming celebration in 2016.

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A band of merry men and women is being sought to perform at an event marking the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield next year.

A large medieval-style celebration will take place in the town centre on Sunday, May 15, to commemorate the historic event.

The Chesterfield 750 group, which is organising the gathering, is now seeking musicians to provide live music on the day.

Peter Gray, of the group, said: “We’re looking for a band which will entertain those attending the event by playing music with a medieval-feel – we’re not aiming for historical authenticity.

“This inclusive, non-auditioning band will be open to any musician who is interested in being part of a unique collaboration for a once-in-a-generation event.”

Colin Harrison, also a member of the Chesterfield 750 group, added: “In preparation of the anniversary there will be several separate events and projects – the first of which is the building of a cart to be used on the day. There are also proposals to make a series of videos about life as it would have been at the time, a miniature re-enactment of the battle and plans to involve schools – maybe with something like the design of their own banners. We also hope that as many local groups as possible will take part.

“Actual historical details of events around the battle are slightly sketchy, which we will take advantage of to allow a wide interpretation of them. We want this to be a fun event, rather than a strictly educational one, although we hope to provide some interesting information as a by-product of our research.”

The Battle of Chesterfield, which took place in and around the town on May 15, 1266, involved baronial and royalist forces.

Historical literature states that the baronial leaders – including Baldwin Wake, the Lord of Chesterfield, and Robert Ferrers, the Earl of Derby – clashed with royalist forces led by Henry of Almain, nephew to Henry III.

The royalists used wagons to gain entry to the town. A bloody battle ensued and the royalist forces eventually won.

Wake escaped the fighting and joined other disinherited barons at the Isle of Axholme.Ferrers was captured, taken “in irons” to London and “totally disinherited” later that year.

Amid the fighting, men of Brampton rushed to the Crooked Spire to defend a wall in the churchyard they had made.

For more details about performing on the day, contact Mr Gray on 07739084478 or email info@chesterfield750.co.uk

Find out more about the event at www.chesterfield750.blogspot.co.uk

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