What better way to top a glorious weekend of sun, socialising and battle than with the news that The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote’s musketeers are now the best in the Sealed Knot – and that’s official!
Photo by Ianto Morgan
The regiment fielded two full teams for the Sealed Knot’s annual musket competition at the weekend – and Manchester’s Musket Blocks ‘A’ and ‘DD’ (don’t ask) sealed a magnificent victory by coming not just first but second as well!
The competition is a test of skill and speed as teams must load and fire three times in quick succession – all orders from the officer must be authentically correct and slips ups, misfires and mistimed shots are penalised. Such a complicated task becomes even harder under pressure, but our lads and lassies performed brilliantly.
Well done to all the musketeers who took part and a hearty ‘huzzah’ to our opponents, Lieutenant-Colonel John Lilburne’s Regiment of Foote!
The victory sealed a wonderful weekend of fun in the grounds surrounding Elvaston Castle. There were half a dozen new Manchester’s members for whom this was their first large event and they all said they loved it, which is really encouraging and a sign of a great weekend!
To give you a flavour of just how thrilling a Sealed Knot battle can be, here’s a great gallery of images from the weekend (even though our regiment seems to have managed to elude the lens on this occasion!):
OUR NEXT EVENT: During the last weekend in May, we will again be joining The Sealed Knot for a large re-enactment – this time at Newbury Showground in Berkshire on 28th – 30th May.
Between 11.00am and 4.30pm on each day you will be able to see how people lived in the seventeenth century – with crafts, re-creations and displays culminating in the main battle re-enactment.
Tickets are available in advance from Newbury Tourist Information Centre, www.visitnewbury.org.uk, or alernatively please use the form below.