Planners behind Hastings' bid to become the UK's 2017 City of Culture say they will work with partners overseas to recreate William, Duke of Normandy's journey to the Battle of Hastings.
It would coincide with a re-enactment of King Harold's march south from Stamford Bridge to meet the Norman duke.
We will work with our Norman Partners - with whom we already have a very strong working partnership - to recreate the journey of William, then Duke of Normandy, along the Norman and French coasts before setting out on its epic cross-channel invasion, almost 900 years before the D-Day landings and relying solely on oar and sail.
We believe that taking our culture to communities across England and France gives us a chance to be more than a local, regional or even national event, we will be a truly international festival, and one which will leave a tremendous legacy."
Councillor Birch added: "This is not just a 'one trick bid', we are planning a whole programme of events and activities throughout the year."
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