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Magna Carta celebrations

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Plans to celebrate Clare’s historic connection with the Magna Carta are well under way, but more volunteers are needed.

A small committee has been set up to help plan a number of activities, including medieval banquets and a cultural fair, to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the agreement next month.

“We have had a great response so far,” said Kate Terry, head of history at Stour Valley Community School.

“But the committee is still looking for more support with some of the events.

“We hope the people of Clare come together – let’s not miss the opportunity to celebrate this historic moment together.”

Miss Terry said that volunteers were needed to help with car parking and to run activities at Clare Castle Country Park.

In 1215, Richard de Clare and his son Gilbert were among 25 barons that forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. It was the first time an English monarch had their powers limited by law.

An original copy of the Magna Carta is on display at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for the rest of the month.

For more details about Clare’s celebrations, or to get involved, go to www.magnacartainclare.org.

 

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