Crowhurst pays tribute to King Harold

Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field laid a wreath during the service, handed to him by Crowhurst Parish Council chairman Alan Stainsby in his Saxon warrior costume SUS-160926-172758001
Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field laid a wreath during the service, handed to him by Crowhurst Parish Council chairman Alan Stainsby in his Saxon warrior costume SUS-160926-172758001

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex unveiled a plaque as Crowhurst celebrated its links to King Harold and the Battle of Hastings on its 950th anniversary.

The king’s standard flew at a commemorative service at the church on Sunday – he owned the village manor before the Norman invasion.

Lord Lieutenant Peter Field was greeted by a guard of honour of Scouts, Cubs and Brownies, plus parish council chairman Alan Stainsby in his Saxon warrior costume.

Within the service, conducted by the Rev Michael Brydon, were readings relating to Crowhurst, including an extract from the novel, The Golden Warrior, which recounts how William the Conqueror hanged Harold’s reeve from Crowhurst’s ancient yew.

Mr Field unveiled the commemorative plaque, which will be fixed to the yew’s railings and laid a wreath made up of Saxon plants, before a trumpet lament for Harold, written by local composer, Paul Eshelby.

Afterwards, there was a parade of children and a tug of war between Saxons and Normans, before a lunch, treasure hunt and shield-decorating workshop.

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