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REPORT: 1066 and all that- recreated on anniversary

One of the defining moments of English history has been repeated today at the very same spot.

Hundreds of battle re-enactors came to Battle this weekend to recreate the decisive victory of William the Conqueror in 1066.

Tony Green was there.

Tony spoke to Neil McCollum from English Heritage and re-enactors Ken Kinrade ( King Harold) and Arnaud Le Fevre (William, Duke of Normandy).

Sussex celebrates 950th anniversary of 'Britain's most famous battle'

Today marks the 950th anniversary of possibly the most famous battle on English soil.

On this day in 1066 at least 20,000 men decided the fate of our nation - when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold on the fields of Sussex.

The Battle of Hastings will be recreated once again in Battle itself this weekend, while a bonfire procession will be among the celebrations in Hastings. But why is 1066 so important?

Andy Dickenson speaks to Sam Stones of English Heritage, Nick Lynas of Hastings Bonfire Society and 1066 walker Nigel Amos.


Saxon and Normans go head to head in Battle of Hastings re-enactment

Hundreds of people have gathered in Battle today, to watch the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings - a clash that defined English History and led to the Norman conquest. The event has returned after a two year break . Andrea Thomas has been watching the action unfold. She spoke to Joanne Stewart from English Heritage.

VIDEO: Where was the Battle of Hastings?

It's a moment that changed history - when King Harold was killed taking on William the Conqueror's army in 1066.

But in recent times a new Battle of Hastings has begun - between historians arguing over exactly where the battle took place. Is it 3 miles way in Crowhurst? Is it up Caldbeck Hill in the other direction? Or - hidden in full view in the last place you'd expect?

Here's David Johns.

Plans for 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016 unveiled

Re-enactments of the most famous battle in history will form part of the anniversary Credit: Ben Molyneux/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Plans are under way to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in the town linked to the most famous conflict in English history. A small steering committee has been set up to work on a series of events in Battle, near Hastings, East Sussex, on October 14, 2016.

The events aim to mark the significance of the battle which altered the course of history in medieval England and led to the Norman Conquest.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the 950th anniversary events Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It is hoped that a senior Royal Family member will attend the commemoration as the Queen helped mark the 900th anniversary in 1966.

A lunch with invited guests from Normandy and further afield will kick off events being organised by the steering committee, called Concorde 950, led by Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex.


Battle of Hastings 'cancelled for second year running'

Actors stage the 'largest ever' re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey, Battle, in 2006. Credit: PA

The re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings is to be cancelled - for the second year running.

The display at Battle Abbey is a major tourist attraction but English Heritage which owns the land, says it's already too wet to stage the event.

They're worried about damage to the fields if it goes ahead. Last year's event also had to cancelled because of the weather.

However, the site has recently been disputed by local historians who believe the actual scene of the 1066 battle is under threat by the development of the Hastings to Bexhill link-road.

'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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