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.
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.
This was a once in a lifetime event !
"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).
It is a great privilege for the Fraternity of St George 1509 to organize a shoot to the Marks every year in October.It could not be done without the enthusiasm and participation of so many longbow archers. It also has to be said that the HAC are always exceptional in their welcome and hospitality.