Town celebrates heritage with day of events

BARON TOWN: Magna Carta is cause for celebration in Clare.
BARON TOWN: Magna Carta is cause for celebration in Clare.
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A town is celebrating its association with the Magna Carta – a document sealed by King John of England in 1215.

Clare has formed its own Magna Carta Barons Association, and residents are gearing up to hold a day of festivities to mark the document’s 800th anniversary in June 2015.

Member Peggy Smith said: “Clare is associated with this historic event because Richard de Clare and his son Gilbert were among the 25 barons elected as guarantors to ensure the King honoured the charter.

“It was, effectively, a peace treaty but some things – like being tried in a court of law – still survive today,” she said. “Richard was a very wealthy land owner and lived in Clare Castle.”

Clare plans to involve schools and town organisations putting on a day of events, including a procession and medieval activities.