THE KNIGHT BEFORE BOSWORTH
On the 12th of April villagers at Elford attended a medieval banquet at
Elford Village Hall - "The knight before Bosworth".
Starring Greg Watkins as King Richard,
Steve Jordan as Earl of Richmond and Brian Peresin Blanford as Lord Stanley. The top table with Stanley, Richmond, Margaret
played by Yashenka Peresin Blanford, Ann Jordan, the priest Jacob Hall, Reverend John Fagan and the Abbess, Julie Fagan, looked
Clare Cowley was Eleanor who told the story of when she was a young girl
working at the Manor house in Elford when great things happened.
Reverend John Fagan played Jacob Hall the vicar of 1485 and told of the
Church of that time. David Wain, farmer played the farmer of 1485 worried
about the men leaving the crops to go to war.
Paul Thomas played the village
roofer concerned about not getting his money from Lord Stanley. He told of
the cruck framed building (Johns shop) which dates from the early 1400's.
Rebecca Cowley 10, Hannah Watkins 9 and Rose Cowley 8,sang songs to Lord
Stanley. This was to the guitar music of the Abbess of Burton played by Julie
Fagan. Yvo and George Peresin Blanford were pages to Lord Stanley.
Jane Hill, Carolyn White, and Clare Cowley played guitar and sang the
Chastity Belt song and others.
Dick Cowley and Alan Betts were varlets in arms who roasted the pig for the
feast. The pig was well received when
it was carried in. When the battle
came these two varlets together with Steve Poutney
put Richard 111 to death.