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Role-play buffs stage seventeenth century battle in Wythenshawe for Olympic-inspired cultural programme

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A Wythenshawe stately home is set to become the backdrop for seventeenth century swashbuckling, as role-play fans re-enact the English Civil War as part of an Olympics-inspired cultural legacy event.

Pikes, cannon balls and muskets will all be at the ready as Royalists do battle for King Charles I during part of the cultural programme linked to this year’s Wythenshawe Games, on Sunday July 28.

The Wythenshawe Games – which started last year as a ‘replica’ of London 2012 – are being held again from July 27 – August 3, with a full programme of sporting events and entertainment aimed at the 10,000 people who took part last year.

The sports sessions will be based in Wythenshawe Park and other venues, while the cultural programme will run from Wythenshawe Hall.

The cultural programme will also include an interactive drama about Victorian toys, poetry reading and art sessions.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “All the events at the hall are free during The Wythenshawe Games. The historical re-enactment will have a huge appeal for families and even includes cannons firing and displays of the how the gentry lived and talked in the seventeenth century.”

The re-enactment also marks a year since a call went out during the first Wythenshawe Games for volunteers to join a Friends of Wythenshawe Hall group. The volunteers, including a man who traced his ancestors to the original Tatton family at the hall, have since helped with monthly open weekends which have been attended by almost 5,000 visitors.

The Wythenshawe Games have been organised via a public sector collaboration including Manchester City Council, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, The Manchester United Foundation, Wythenshawe Hospital, The Manchester College and Wythenshawe Forum Trust.

For further information log on to: www.wythenshawegames.org.uk.

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