Local children bring Corsham to life at stunning Magna Carta event

Local children bring Corsham to life at stunning Magna Carta event

Pupils, staff and parents of Heywood Prep school in Corsham portrayed a vibrant representation of their local community at last week’s Magna Carta celebrations in Salisbury.

Pupils from the school had worked in partnership with Pound Arts, No Added Sugar Arts and the Corsham Area Board to create a giant baron puppet, banner and costumes for the spectacular community procession that took place in celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

There was a carnival atmosphere at the event, which was organised by Wiltshire Council, working in partnership with Salisbury City Council, Salisbury Cathedral and Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA).

The pageant, held in Salisbury on Monday 15 June, featured a host of entertainers, ranging from the Devizes Town Band to the Phoenix Stars Cheerleaders and White Horse Morris entertained the crowds in and around the Salisbury Market Place from 6pm.

The community procession entered Blue Boar Row at 7.45pm, with each of the community barons being introduced to the crowd, ahead of the procession leaving Market Place.

The celebrations took place eight centuries to the day since King John met the group of rebel barons at Runnymede and consented to a series of promises for new civic liberties ranging from the protection of church rights to access to swift and fair justice.

The spirits of the barons were reborn at the pageant in the guise of a series of larger-than-life puppets, representing the diverse communities that make up Wiltshire. The barons were paraded through the city from the Market Place to the Cathedral, which itself plays host to the most intact copy of the Magna Carta in existence.

Each of the barons led a delegation from communities across Wiltshire. Hundreds participated in the procession as it weaved its way to its destination, where communities came together to take part in the theatrical representation of a new great charter for Wiltshire in the 21st century.

The event was a once in a lifetime experience for the children involved, and Corsham Area Board would like to thank Heywood Prep school, Pound Arts and No Added Sugar Arts for bringing Corsham to life in front of the thousands of people who attended from across the county.

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