'Battle of Hastings' cancelled for safety reasons

Wet weather has forced the organisers of the annual Battle of Hastings re-enactment to cancel Sunday's event - although the site will remain open to visitors.

Although, thousands braved today's muddy conditions to see troops from historical groups across Europe recreate the events of 1066, the Sussex battlefield has been left too wet for tomorrow's planned battle.

English Heritage say: Although the forecast was for fair weather over this weekend, unexpected torrential rain over several hours this morning has resulted in unacceptably high levels of mud both on the battlefield and on public areas. For safety reasons, the event cannot go ahead tomorrow.

The venue will remain open, but the battle event itself will not go ahead. Those who have pre-booked tickets will automatically receive a refund and do not need to contact English Heritage.

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