Soldiers invade town's peace

PUBLISHED: 16:22 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

From left, Nick Spiro, Erik Spiro, Paddy the dog, Jim Shehan, Ben Dodgson, Tim Dodgson and Elaine Corke – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left, Nick Spiro, Erik Spiro, Paddy the dog, Jim Shehan, Ben Dodgson, Tim Dodgson and Elaine Corke - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

MUSKET-bearing soldiers from the 17th century were spotted in Saffron Walden on Saturday, promoting a unique forthcoming historical event. A period costume-wearing regiment of The Sealed Knot, a charity that holds authentic re-enactments of battles of the

MUSKET-bearing soldiers from the 17th century were spotted in Saffron Walden on Saturday, promoting a unique forthcoming historical event.

A period costume-wearing regiment of The Sealed Knot, a charity that holds authentic re-enactments of battles of the English Civil War, visited the town to publicise Walden 1647.

Peter Riding, project co-ordinator, said: "Saturday really was just the beginning of the beginning - we handed out hundreds of flyers and sold tickets for events taking place in the week of celebrations of Walden 1647, the birth of English democracy.

"We were very pleased with the response but we need to keep at it and make sure people tune into the fact that we've got this very big event taking place in a fortnight."

Walden 1647 will be a week of fascinating events taking place to commemorate the beginnings of English Democracy, which originates from St Mary's Church.

The church was a venue for a number of debates between soldiers of Cromwell's New Model Army, their officers, and Parliament.

Visit www.1647.org.uk for more information.

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