PHOTOS: We fought through the snow to bring the Battle of Nantwich alive this weekend!

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What a fantastic weekend in Cheshire! A great battle in the snow followed by the announcement that The Earl of Manchester’s had won The Nantwich Rosebowl, the award for ‘best regiment’ on the day!

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It’s the third time the regiment has won the award and the first since 2008, and we’re absolutely over the moon. Although we had fewer members this year, the judges were impressed with our parade through the town and our fight on the snow-covered battlefield! The celebrations in the pub in Nantwich topped off a really fun weekend which the public seemingly enjoying as much as we did!

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Commanding officer of the regiment, Julian France, accepts the Rosebowl trophy from the current mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Graham Fenton.

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One thing that really seemed to get people’s attention were two of our newest, and youngest, recruits – Amelia and Natalie! The sisters joined their parents on the march, with one drumming and the other wielding her own musket!
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Photos by Tom Austin and Andrew Boyle 

To give you an idea of how much we like this little event, many of our members battled through atrocious road conditions to be there – including one couple who took FOUR hours to drive from Yorkshire! It was well worth it though, and congratulations to the organisers and a hearty ‘huzzah’ to our opponents in the Rosebowl competition – The King’s Lifeguard of Foote, Lord Hazelrigg’s Regiment, Lt-Colonel John Lilburne’s Regiment of Foote, and Sir William Godolphin’s Regiment of Foote.

We’ll be featuring photos from the event on the blog over the next few days, but to give you an idea of how it went, spectator Richard Bullock did this great little video of the Sealed Knot in action, including plenty of musket fire and pike pushing from Manchester’s – and a little singing towards the end from our regimental ensign and preacher (and blog writer!):

While all that snow was a concern before the battle, it didn’t get in the way of us having a great time. It’s just as well that the battle wasn’t scheduled for the day afterwards as … well, this is what happened to the battlefield when all that snow melted overnight —

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Photo by Sophie Brassington.

Here’s to the start of a great season of English Civil War re-enactment with the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote, and to another great event in Nantwich in 2014!

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