January 29th marks the anniversary of the execution of King Charles I in 1629,
and every year, the English Civil War Society
commemorates the event with a ceremony,
when they gather armed and dressed in authentic 17th century style.
Both the members of the Royalist armies and the townspeople
bring history alive by re-enacting events of the turbulent English Civil Wars
Here are a few photos of my favorite
Can you tell they enjoy playing their roles?
This gentleman was "way into" his role.
A dashing smile
sporting a bit of lace.
Seems a bit of lace
was quite the fashion of the day.
The clergyman read from a book of prayers and blessings that was as old as the monarch himself,
and at one point in his exhortation, he stirred up the "kings army,"
but as he kept going, the soldiers
displayed a general lack of enthusiasm,
and he kept going and going and going,
to the point that it's a wonder they were able to march out on their own two feet.
Ceremony over--it's time to catch the bus!
Leaving behind another group of characters in stylized costume who had come to observe the historical events of the day.
The British Red Hatters, that partying group of over 50's who wear purple with red hats, making history of their own.