Tudor day in Priory Meadow

Tudor celebrations on the day of the Royal Wedding last year
Tudor celebrations on the day of the Royal Wedding last year

WHILE most residents will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a street party the organisers behind the popular Pirate Day are cooking up something different.

Roger Crouch, the man behind Pirate Day, is organising another Tudor-style royal pageant to mark the occasion next month.

The event, on Tuesday, June 5, will feature knights in armour battling it out, roast hogs and a roaming Henry VIII.

It has been put together by Mr Crouch and Priory Meadow management team.

Mr Crouch said: “Priory Meadow will become a scene from Tudor England when King Henry VIII comes to Hastings to find the King’s champion with knights from all regions battling for the ultimate honour.

“There will be medieval and Tudor music, a hog roast, real ale and period entertainment that will welcome the King and his family as they take their place for the terrific stunt action.

“In the afternoon King Henry with his family, flanked by his knights will then visit the Old Town. However his knights will be ever vigilant as the Black Knight has threatened to arrive and challenge the King’s champion.”

The will also be stuntmen and sword fighting demonstrations at the event, which kicks off at 11am. Mr Crouch added: “This will be a lovely way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and promises to be fun for all the family. It will be a good way to end the Jubilee weekend, and once again done Hastings style.”

John Hough, manager of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, said: “We are really pleased to team up with Roger Crouch once again to welcome royalists and republicans alike to enjoy our ‘Alternative’ Diamond Jubilee celebration.

“We did something very similar on Royal Wedding day last year to great success and visitors, many of whom dressed up in medieval style to join in, really enjoyed the highly professional fighting knights in action.”