FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KING HAROLD DAY 2007
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-- King Harold Day is almost upon us once again. This major event, held in
Waltham Abbey to mark the anniversary of the death of King Harold, on 14th
October 1066, is now in its fourth year. Each year, around 4,500 people attend
the festivities and activities. There are many attractions taking place on the
day in and around the Abbey Gardens, the Abbey Church and Churchyard.
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a taster of what to look out for this year.
Innovation for 2007
Back in King Harold's times, many people would have
travelled to and from Waltham Abbey by boat rather than use the primitive paths
and muddy trackways. The River Lea has been navigable since prehistoric times,
as the many artefacts found along its banks and in archaeological digs have
shown, and as graphically revealed when King Alfred outwitted
the Danes by blockading the river once they had sailed up it, thus forcing them
to escape on foot, carrying their boats across the Hertfordshire farmland, about
160 years before Harold was crowned.
Now, for the first time this year, you can arrive at
King Harold Day by river as well! This may well not be the first time a festival
in the town has had water transport laid on, but it doesn't happen very often
these days, so make the most of it and tell your grandchildren the story!
For further details visit the
Harold Day website, and to book tickets, contact Lee Valley Boat Centre on
01992 462085 or visit
Appeal for a Little Help from Friends
The King Harold Day organizers are appealing for
help on King Harold Day.
It is organized by a small group of six people. That
is quite sufficient in the months leading up to the event, but many more people
are needed on the actual day. Some members of the Abbey Church and other friends
are persuaded to help, but more are needed to help make the day a great success.
The sort of help required is acting as stewards,
helping at the various admission points, helping to put up gazebos, tents and
direction signs, helping with sales in the merchandising tent, and acting as
message-takers and runners.
Joint Organizer, Tricia Gurnett, said:- "We are not
asking anyone to sit around at endless committee meetings or get involved in a
lot of work in putting the event together. What we need is
people who are prepared to give us a few hours of help on Saturday 13th
October. People who we can rely on to turn up, and get stuck in with whatever
needs doing so that we open on time and keep everything going during the day.
"The opening hours are from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and
that is when we want help with stewarding and admissions, but
we also want people from 8.00am for putting up signs, etc,
and for the hour or so after we close to help pack everything away.
"We would be most grateful for any volunteers, and
can promise them a busy but very entertaining day.
"Anyone who is prepared to help should in the first
instance contact Isabelle Perrichon at Philpott’s Tearooms in Church Street,
Waltham Abbey, or, if they are not in Waltham Abbey, could telephone Tricia
Gurnett on 01375 374786."
Waltham Abbey Historical Society display
WAHS will be supporting King
Harold Day with a photographic display of the Market Square through the
centuries, with a stall of interesting local curios to examine and local
historical publications for sale. We look forward to meeting you there!
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