Also in historic dress was local businessman Jonathan Greatrix as the Bishop of Winchester, and Prof Christopher Mulvey, from Winchester University, as the Abbot of Hyde. The mayor, Cllr Dominic
Hiscock, himself a resident of Hyde, took the starring role as King Henry I.
Martin Tod, the Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Winchester, who also lives in Hyde, played Robert de Beaumont, keeper of the castle.
Paul Williams, chief executive of Winchester Area Community Action, dressed as a monk to carry one of the coffins.
Many costumes were lent by Hampshire Wardrobe in Bar End, while other residents made their own outfits.
At the end of the procession, Canon Cliff Bannister of St Bartholomew’s Church, Hyde, led a short service.
Organiser, Professor Bill Lucas — Brother Bill for the day — then thanked everyone who worked to put on the event.
He gave special thanks to the pupils of St Bede Primary School and its head teacher, Louise Fitzpatrick. Along with hosting the procession after the event, the pupils also made nearly 50 models of
Afterwards, Cllr Hiscock said: “It’s been an excellent community experience and so many people have come here to support it, which is wonderful.
“It’s been the most inspiring community event that I’ve done so far in my mayoral year.”
Ron Allison, who chairs Hyde900, was also “delighted” at how the event turned out.
He said: “I think what impressed me most of all was the very good feeling that there was right through Winchester.
“There was no problem with the cars letting us across North Walls, and I was very impressed by the community spirit and how many people turned up.”
For more details about Hyde900 and the other events that are planned visit www.hyde900.co.uk.
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