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City flag to fly and family fun to celebrate historic battle

City of Wolverhampton Council will be raising the city flag to celebrate the anniversary of one of the country's most significant battles on Saturday.

Re-enactment members prepare for battle outside St Peter’s Church in the city centre
Preparing for battle

The Battle of Wodensfield - also known as the Battle of Wednesfield and the Battle of Tettenhall - saw the Anglo Saxons and their allies defeat the Danes of Northumberland at what is now modern day Wolverhampton on 5 August, 910.

Wednesfield History Society has also organised for re-enactments of the historic battle to take place during a Community Fun Day at Wednesfield High School, Lichfield Road, from 11am to 4.30pm, on the same day.

Wednesfield North Councillor Phil Bateman, whose resolution to celebrate the anniversary of the battle was passed by council in 2014, said: "This was one of the greatest battles in British history, and we should be very proud of the part that Wolverhampton had to play.

"Although there is no definitive evidence of where exactly the battle occurred, what has been proven by historians is that it was within the city boundaries. I am delighted that once again we are commemorating this hugely important event in our nation's history."

Viking and Anglo-Saxon living history re-enactment society, Jorvik Vikingr, will be marching from the amphitheatre by Wednesfield Library, through the High Street, to the school between 10am and 11am.

Entry to the fun day is free for children and £1 for adults, with re-enactments of the battle taking place at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

There will also be a competition at 2.15pm for children who arrive dressed in Anglo Saxon or Viking costume, with prizes for the best 3 outfits.

Other attractions include bouncy castles, community and craft stalls, a prize raffle, dance performances, military vehicles, face painting and a kids' football tournament.

For more details contact Simon Hamilton on 07814 549416 or email wednesfieldhistorysociety@gmail.com.

  • released: Thursday 3 August, 2017