THE following is adapted from
the latest Press release from Nantwich
Holly Holy Day Society, the people who stage the Battle of Nantwich
commemorations each January.
THE date for next year’s Holly Holy Day
commemoration has been set for Saturday, January 21 – but the organisers
are looking for more people to be involved to ensure future
commemorations can be staged.
The Chairman of the committee
of the Nantwich Holly Holy Day Society, who organise the annual
commemoration, Shaun Cafferty, issued a warning, saying: "Without more
practical help, the future of the event after 2012 could be in doubt.
"So many local people love and
treasure this event, and that’s what keeps us going. But we are a very
small group of about half a dozen and inevitably over time people move
out of the area or feel that they have done their bit and need a break
"The event does not organise
and fund itself, so we are looking for people who can help with
administration and paperwork, publicity, and promoting the event to
local businesses without whose financial backing we would be lost. The
time commitment is not massive if the work can be shared out among a
greater number of reliable people. There is a huge sense of satisfaction
when you see Holly Holy Day unfold and know that you have played your
part in it."
His remarks were echoed by the
event's Patron, Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, who said: "Holly
Holy Day does a great job in lifting everyone’s spirits in the dull
period after Christmas, and also boosts the local economy at a difficult
time of year. I would encourage individuals and businesses to get
involved and lend a hand to a very worthwhile event."
The 2012 event will be the 40th
anniversary of the re-enactment of the Battle of Nantwich which became a
major part of Holly Holy Day, creating the now well-known colourful
scenes of members of the Sealed Knot marching into the town as civil war
soldiers before providing a spectacular re-enactment display on Mill
Shaun Cafferty said:
"Organisers, with the support of the Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich
Weaver, aim to produce something a bit special for the 40th
anniversary, and plans are well advanced for lots of local children to
be heavily involved in the build-up to the event and on the day itself.
"Despite it taking place in
January, the last couple of Holly Holy Days have given the town a real
carnival atmosphere, as well as boosting trade. Especially this year, we
see it as a day to not only remember and commemorate the battle which
lifted the siege of Nantwich back in 1644, but also to celebrate the
rich history of the town of Nantwich generally throughout all the
The Battle of Nantwich
commemoration is held on the Saturday nearest to January 25th, the date
in 1644 when the original battle was fought.
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