Travel Next Summer with British Heritage Travel
experiences in the company of fellow interesting BHT readers and our own popular gadabout London and resident Regency fan Sandra Lawrence. Albionjourneys.com/british-heritage
Best in Show at The Fringe
As is custom, we always share with readers the winner of the prestigious best one-line joke award presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year’s giggle champion, quipped by comedian Masai Graham from West Brom, was about organ donation:
“My dad suggested I register for a donor card—he’s a man after my own heart.”
Plymouth and Boston Illuminate for Thanksgiving
AT PLYMOUTH, DEVON, AND BOSTON, LINCOLNSHIRE on November 26, Thanksgiving will be celebrated in style. The public celebrations Illuminate Plymouth Hoe and Boston’s vast Market Square with elaborate paper lanterns and puppet creations in commemoration of the Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims. This will be the third year that Illuminate has filled the streets with parades and ceremonies held as part of Mayflower 400, counting down to the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim crossing in 1620. mayflower400uk.com
Another Historic Resident
I have been a subscriber for quite a few years, and I look forward to each and every issue. I have been most impressed with all the history (not just tourist info) incorporated into the magazine. I feel compelled to write you about a concern I have with the “Take Ten” feature on Heroes and Statesmen. I immediately recognized the photo of Broadlands in Hampshire. Though Lord Palmerston is indeed an iconic figure in British history, Lord Mountbatten of Burma certainly should have been mentioned, as he was both a hero and a statesman. Thank you once again for a splendid publication.
Ann Elizabeth Zibrat Kingwood, Texas
Bryn Eryr Iron Age Farmstead at St. Fagans
Catch the Pantomime for Christmas Fun
God Save the King! – Gloucester crowns a young prince
Young Frazer Martin (11) was the lucky applicant chosen to play the slightly younger 9-year-old Henry. Frazer had to have a head for heights as he was carried in procession through the city, and be confident enough to speak in front of a packed cathedral. He gave a regal and dignified performance, while the bishops and knights in attendance pledged their allegiance, and his modern day subjects took photos on cell phones.
In the fragile political vacuum caused by the death of a king in medieval Britain, loyalists wanted to see the young prince crowned as quickly as possible after the demise of his father, the very unpopular King John. Gloucester Cathedral was chosen as the venue—then St. Peter’s Abbey—with the Pope’s representative in attendance as well as Sir William Marshall, Henry’s new guardian.
The Royal crown had been lost or sold in a previous skirmish, so young Henry was crowned in both 1216 and 2016 with a simple gold band. Gloucester citizens in 1216 were told to wear a gold ribbon around their heads to show allegiance to their new king. In 2016, all cathedral visitors were offered yellow ribbons to do likewise. With ribbons in place, enjoying this great sense of occasion, the modern congregation cried out “God Save the King”
loudly when instructed to by the imposing players in the nave.
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As part of the inaugural and extensive Gloucester History Festival, the event was carried out with details to delight all the senses. Shafts of light shone through the west door that is usually closed, but opened on this special occasion, allowing the procession straight through to the pulpit. The cathedral floor was strewn with rosemary and sage and the scent of incense cast around the carved wooden throne.
The king’s legacy as a monarch is always debated by historians, but the 9-year-old at his coronation had all this yet to come. God Save the King! At least for just one September day in Gloucestershire.