Canute’s Crossing Saturday 10 September

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Signing the Legacy Book
Signing the Legacy Book

Canute’s Crossing is a free-to-all community event, celebrating the legend that in 1016 King Canute ‘forded the Lily’ and gave rise to the town’s name, recorded as Canutesford in the Domesday Book.

Designed as a fun community event to celebrate the ‘kicking off’ point of the Knutsford Heritage Open Days’ celebration of 1,000 years of the town’s history and its famous townsfolk, this event has captured the imagination of Knutsfordians and visitors alike!

Already the special Legacy Book has been signed by Christian Wewer, the Danish Consul who along with Knutsford Town Mayor Cllr Tony Dean did the first ‘official’ crossing of the river.

They were swiftly followed by some of our early sponsors and representatives of Brook Street Heritage Site and the Tabley House Collection – Knutsford’s two Grade I listed buildings.

Chef Raymond Blanc crosses the River Lily with Knutsford Heritage Open Days organiser Sarah Flannery
Chef Raymond Blanc crosses the River Lily with Knutsford Heritage Open Days organiser Sarah Flannery

Since then chef Raymond Blanc wholeheartedly embraced the concept when he visited Knutsford to launch his new Brasserie Blanc (one of our lovely sponsors). And Tatton MP George Osborne was very keen to lead the way when he, along with Richard Clare of Clare & Illingworth, and Richard Milkins and Brendan Flanagan of Cheshire East (all sponsors!) forded the Lily.

We want to see 1,000 people cross the Lily from now to Saturday 10 September. That’s the date the big event takes place when artist Russell Kirk and the Chester Vikings will lead a fun event which will celebrate famous Knutsfordians.

The Lily can be crossed on foot via the pedestrian or road bridges. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend on the day wearing fancy dress to represent their favourite historical Knutsford character.

Participants will be invited to help to assemble a piece of community artwork made by 1,000 hands, designed by Russell Kirk, and record their names in our Legacy Book.

The fun begins at 2.00pm and the crossing will end at 4.30pm. There will be lots to do on the Moor as we need you to help assemble the community art as well as enjoy music from Spitting Feathers and the Roberts Bakery Band. Refreshments are being provided by 5th Knutsford Scout Group.

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