It was over a thousand years ago, in the year of our Lord 912, that the ‘Lady Of The Mercians’, Queen Aethelflaed, arrived. Her army had flocked to her banner, yet again.
It was early in the morning. The sun was barely raising its limpid head over the horizon.....
'Sons and daughters of Mercia, I thank thee for laying aside your ploughshares, for leaving your homes, to flock to my bosom once more. My scouts tell me that a Viking longboat with a cargo of Slaves - our chained kinsfolk - is sailing up the River Salwarp as I speak to attack your town of Wich (Droitwich). (GROWL) They cannot take our freedom thus. What must we do?' (FIGHT, FIGHT)
'Well then, as you have done so many times, for me and my father King Alfred afore me, we will wrap ourselves in glory this day!' (ROAR)
With eyes gleaming, spear raised aloft she shouted. 'May the thunder of battle, the lightning of your glory, be heard and seen from east to west. Let ye be the avengers this day, for it is our God-given duty to drive the accursed invader from this cherished land of ours. We shall never surrender - WODEN!' (MIGHTY ROAR)
The mighty roar from hundreds of throats cascaded across to the very banks of the River Salwarpe! -Speech written by Keith Garvey-
ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE PAMELA MAY TRIP BOAT OPERATIONS AT THE DROITWICH SUMMER FESTIVAL:
Saturday: 21st June, 28th June and 5th July. 10.45 am to 4.00 pm.
THE PAMELA MAY TRIP BOAT will be a VIKING SHIP taking passengers (Saxon Slaves) from the centre of Vines Park to the ICE ISLAND in the centre of Netherwich Basin and back. In the year of our Lord 912, the ‘Lady Of The Mercians’, Queen Aethelflaed, eldest daughter of King Alfred of Wessex, was successfully driving the Danes out of Mercia. It is believed that at this time a Viking long boat came up the then navigable River Salwarp and attacked the Town of Wich (Droitwich). Take the opportunity to be part of the action as Aethelflaed chases them away, see her picture close up on the large mural and be told on board her story and how her nephew became the first king of all England.
Price £3.00 for adults, and £1,50 for children, Babes under 1 are free. (Approximate 30 minutes of fun)
THE LADY OF THE MERCIA’S SPEECH
THE SAXONS Getting HELP FROM WAITROSE
MURAL IN NETHERWICH BASIN
A VISIT FROM THE MAYOR OF DROITWICH SPA, BOB BROOKS
A VISIT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF WYCHAVON DISTRICT COUNCIL, LYNNE DUFFY; WITH HER SON, JAMES THE FIGHTING MONK
Every Saturday Throughout the Summer Festival the Pamela May Viking boat visited the Ice Island and Mural and the slaves and Vikings were told the story of ‘The Lady of the Mercians’
REMEMBER WE ARE IN THE ANCIENT COUNTRY OF MERCIA!!