With the 750th Anniversary of the Battle of Evesham taking place next month, Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire, has spoken in the House of Commons about the benefits it will bring to the local area.
In Culture, Media and Sport Questions Nigel asked, “Does my right honourable friend agree that the range of anniversary commemoration events taking place this year, which include the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham in my constituency, not only showcase our heritage but also provide a very good boost for the tourism economy?”
The Secretary of State, John Whittingdale MP, responded, “We are fortunate that this year we are celebrating a number of very important anniversaries, obviously of Agincourt, of Waterloo and of the First World War. My honourable friend is entirely right to remind the house that we can add the Battle of Evesham to that list and they will undoubtedly not only increase awareness of our heritage but drawn more visitors to this country.”
After leaving the chamber Nigel said, “I was delighted to get the opportunity to mention the Battle of Evesham in the House of Commons. The Secretary of State is absolutely right – this is a very important anniversary and marks a very important date in our country’s history.
“The battle of Evesham provides a strong link between Worcestershire and Parliament as it was at this battle that Simon De Montfort, who is often called the founder of parliamentary democracy, was killed."
“I am looking forward to attending the celebrations in Evesham in August and I am delighted that the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, will also be attending.
“The county will be welcoming people from far and wide at these events. The commemorations are a great way to showcase our local area and all the attractions it has to offer.”