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EXCITEMENT is building for next month’s Royal Charter Weekend, which will commemorate the 800th anniversary of Melksham’s market charter.

The special celebrations will take place over three days from Friday 27th September through to Sunday 29th September. Highlights include a town criers’ competition in the Market Place, a medieval banquet at the Assembly Hall, and a medieval tournament in King George V playing field

Organisers say, “An exciting weekend is planned, starting in the Market Place on Friday 27th September, with the  unveiling of a commemorative plaque. An exhibition from local schools and the Melksham Remembers group, will also be staged in Melksham Town Hall.

“Saturday 28th September sees the town criers’ competition where 20 town criers from around the country will descend on Melksham,   competing for cups and glory. This colourful event will be interspersed with local folk dancing groups and Holt Morris Men. The free event will be held outside in the Market Place and everyone is invited to come along and watch.

“The evening heralds a traditional medieval banquet. Come and enjoy 24 dishes served over three courses. Entertainment from the court jesters will await you, along with mead, wine and fun. This is the only paid-for event during the weekend. Tickets, available from the Assembly Hall website, are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

“On Sunday 29th September, be transported back 800 years. Come to King George V playing fields where the Plantagenet Society will entertain you with their tournament. There will also be archery, squire training and travelling musicians – all there for you to enjoy – a free to attend event.”

Keep up to date with all the news about the special weekend on the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Melksham800th


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