1509 - 2009 Fraternity of Saint George
The 500th Anniversary March raised over £4000 in funds for three Armed Services Charities
This year 2016, the YEAR OF THE MARKS, will be celebrated over a WEEKEND.
Saturday morning and lunch will be a tour of the City Marks, buildings and street names relating to the former Finsbury Fields. A new Mark will be inaugurated in Shoreditch Park followed by lunch at the nearby Rosemarys Branch.
Sunday will be the HAC Artillery shoot at the Marks with a Military Curry lunch followed by the Speed Championship.
Report of the October 2009 March:
11 October 2009 and London was awake to a sight not seen for Centuries.
Archers gathered in their hundreds and marched out accross the London Wall, where once the City gates stood.
Onward to the Honourable Artillery Company where a great archery contest was held.
All proceeds were in aid of the Armed Services Charities.
The March supported the Military Covenant; it was an opportunity for longbow archers to give direct help to wounded service men and women and their families.
This was a once in a lifetime event !
Great marches of Archers took place as thousands went out into the fields of Finsbury, Moorfields, Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. These were colourful occasions of great splendour and marked out the Archers and their longbows in all their glory.
"From the Merchant Taylors' Hall began the famous cavalcade of the Archers, under their leader the Duke of Shoreditch. Consisting of 3000 Archers sumptuously apparelled, 942 whereof wore chains of gold about their necks. This splendid company was guarded by whifflers and billmen to the number of 4000, besides pages and footmen who marched through Moorfields by Finsbury where they shot for glory" (March of the archers in 1530).
The event was open to all longbows and included our many from France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and the United States.
Not in our lifetime havel we seen the like of a March of the Archers. Hundreds upon hundreds were there with bows and banners. A moving and unforgettable event all will tell their grandchildren about, “I was there !”.
Make sure you see the photographs and video!
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For further information on the Armed Service Charities
H.A.C. Benevolent Fund: http://www.hac.org.uk/
Army Benevolent Fund: http://www.armybenfund.org/index2.html
Combat Stress: http://www.combatstress.org.uk