EVENTS are to take place to mark the anniversary of one of the greatest battles of the English Civil War.

A “battle weekend” is to be held to commemorate The Battle of Marston Moor in the village of Long Marston, near York on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

The Civil War battle between the Royalists, led by Prince Rupert and Oliver Cromwell and the Republican Army took place in 1644. The Parliamentarian victory meant that King Charles I lost control of the North of England.

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To mark the anniversary All Saints’ church in Long Marston will hold a living history camp staged by the Northern Re-enactment Society in the churchyard between 10am and 4pm on the Saturday (June 28). There will also be an exhibition and refreshments in the church.

From 7pm there will be an evening of 17th century entertainment in the church, including a short play entitled The Aftermath, 17th century music and a lecture on the battle.

Tickets, £5, are available from Mo Woolley on 01904-738458 or Pat Noble on 01904-623133.

On Sunday, June 29 there will be an open morning and exhibition in the church from 10am until 1pm followed by a march from Tockwith to Long Marston at 2.30pm with a service at the monument.