VIDEO: Earl Spencer attends Naseby history event

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Earl Spencer showed his support for plans to open a museum commemorating the Battle of Naseby by attending a re-enactment and living history event in the village today (Sunday, June 22).

The brother of Princess Diana and the uncle of Princes William and Harry was given a guard of honour by the Bluecoat Regiment of the Sealed Knot English Civil War re-enactment society as he arrived at Naseby Village Hall.

He then spent more than an hour watching re-enactments and observing living history displays.

He also officially launched the joint Naseby Church and Naseby Battlefield Project to provide a permanent visitor centre at the refurbished village church.

He said: “I am very pleased to be here today, I have been looking forward to this.

“I went to school just down the road so I have always known it was here, and it has always been a mystery to me why there isn’t more of a memorial to the battlefield.

“I got involved with the battlefield project a few years ago and I was very interested to learn that they are looking to get a memorial at the church.”

The Naseby Battlefield Project is an organisation which aims to enhance visitor facilities at Naseby battlefield.

A joint working group has been formed by the Parochial Church Council and the Naseby Battlefield Project to explore the possibility of redeveloping the 13th century church to include a visitor centre for the heritage group and enhanced facilities for the church’s ministry and mission.

The Battle of Naseby of 1645 was the pivotal battle of the English Civil War and was fought on open fields just a few miles from Harborough.

It is one of the best preserved and understood battlefield sites in Britain but there is no focal point for visitors.