Battle society being launched

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

A HISTORY group is being launched to celebrate a famous conflict.

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society, organised by enthusiasts of the 1066 battle, Chris Rock and Tom Wyles, will hold its first meeting next month and the local community is being asked to get involved with the project.

Efforts were made to launch the society last year but it failed to get off the ground.

The meeting, to take place on Thursday, 26 April, will include short talks and presentations on past and current events about the battle, plus displays of Viking crafts and skills. There will also be Viking re-enactors demonstrating and talking about aspects of life 1,000 years ago.

Mr Rock, who has written a booklet about the battle, due to be released around Easter time, said: “Hopefully this is the start of a much bigger project involving the community and local councils, and the beginning of a resurgence of interest in the events of 1066.

“The aim of the society is to celebrate and commemorate the battle, one of the major events in British history, and also to educate and inform people in the ways and life of the Viking and Saxon era of the 11th Century.”

He added: “We need to see a show of support and a willingness of the community to get involved, in any way they can. A general discussion on the aims and any ideas that can contribute to the success of the society will be open to the floor.”

Mr Rock, who is a graphic designer and military illustrator, expects members of East Riding Council and Stamford Bridge Parish Council to attend, and possibly staff from the York’s Jorvik Viking Centre and Yorkshire Museum of Farming.

The 49-year-old’s booklet, entitled ‘The Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066’, contains background information about events leading up to the battle and the conflict itself. It also has an insert for a self guided walk around the village of Stamford Bridge.