Nantwich Holly Holy Day

PUBLISHED: 10:22 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 February 2013

Ready, aim

Ready, aim

Guns fired, troops paraded the streets and an explosion of colour hit Nantwich town centre during Holly Holy Day.

Scores of people turned out to watch the re-enactment of the siege and Battle of Nantwich in January, 1644, one of the key conflicts of the English Civil War. A service and wreath laying ceremony took place in the Town Square before nearby Mill Island was dominated with skirmish.


A costumed banquet was also held later that day at the historic Crown hotel attended by the Mayor of Crewe and Nantwich and other civic dignitaries.

The day, one of the most significant events in the town's calendar, is organised by the Sealed Knot Society formed in 1938 by the late Brigadier Peter Young, a valiant World War II soldier. He wanted to start up the re-enactments as a way of creating a greater understanding of those times. For one of the Sealed Knot Society members, Andrew Gillitt, it was an extra special day.

Not only is he one of the founder members but he also celebrated his 94th birthday on the same day. He is one of the people who revived the commemoration of Holly Holy Day along with Herbert Rowsell, former head of Malbank Grammar School in Nantwich.

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