Thursday, 16 September 2021

Signing of Magna Carta brought to life

A CHURCH marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta with a re-enactment

A CHURCH marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta with a re-enactment.

Parishioners at St Mary the Virgin in Hambleden dressed up as King John and his barons and read passages from a copy of the historic document, which was signed at Runnymede in 1215 and gave more powers and rights to the King's subjects.

There were laughs from the audience at one section reading ?no one shall be arrested or imprisoned on the appeal of a woman" and light-hearted boos as it was said the Welsh must return land to the English.

The barons then drew their swords and forced the King, played by Ray Wilks, to sign the document before marching him into the church.

Dozens of people gathered to watch the re-enactment which was staged twice on Sunday. There was a stall selling cakes to raise money for the church.

Organiser Christine Wells, director of music at the church, said she decided to ?put on a little show? for the many people attending evensong.

"The actors were mostly people from the church choir,? she said. ?I left it to them and a lot of it was impromptu."

A boat pageant to mark the anniversary went from Hurley to Runneymede on Saturday.

More than 200 vessels, including the royal barge Gloriana, sailed down the Thames carrying a replica of the Magna Carta.


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