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Celebrating 750 years since Treaty

Created on 28/09/2017 @ 11:24
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Celebrations will be held over the coming days to mark the 750th anniversary of the Treaty of Montgomery.

The anniversary falls today (Friday) when a number of celebrations will be held in the town, including a Medieval Banquet in the Town Hall.

The Treaty of Montgomery was signed on 29th September 1267 between King Henry III of England and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, leader of the Welsh lords.

They met at Rhydwhyman Ford in Caerhowell, which was at the time a key crossing point of the Severn. The Treaty they signed recognised Llywelyn as the Prince of Wales, giving him territories in Wales and England. 

In return, he swore loyalty to Henry. The signing represented the first time that an English ruler recognised the right of a Welsh prince to rule over Wales.

The banquet is sold out, but before that local school children will celebrate the anniversary with a short re-enactment at Rhydwhyman Ford.

On Saturday a Living Medieval History Re-Enactment will be held at Montgomery Castle between 10am and 6pm to which the public are invited to see a group that specialises in such events dressed up and living as if in the period, which events and activities taking place.

There will be a medieval encampment based at Montgomery Castle. The camp will allow visitors to learn about life in the 13th century and to see clothing, food and weaponry from the period,” said a spokesperson for Destination Montgomery.

“Children will have the opportunity to dress up and handle weapons safely, and there will be some mock tourneys and skirmishes. The day should be a great deal of fun for everyone.”

Earlier this week, Montgomery AM, Russell George, marked the anniversary at the National Assembly for Wales.

“I was delighted that the Presiding Officer gave me the opportunity to mark this significant occasion in Montgomery’s history.
“To celebrate the 750th anniversary of the treaty’s signature, Montgomery Town Council and partners have arranged a short re-enactment of the treaty signing with local schoolchildren taking part and there will also be a Medieval Banquet and entertainment in the Town Hall.
“I hope that the day of celebrations will be a great success and I’m sure everyone will wish to join with me in wishing the people of Montgomery well as they mark this special occasion in the town’s history.” 
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