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Napoleon's retreat from Moscow 1812

It's a very special Carnival this year in Audlem. It's the 200th anniversary of the first Audlem Carnival or Wake and, this year, coincides with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June. 

The Carnival committee has just met and wants to make this year's event a great success, ideally with the return of a parade and floats.

Volunteers are wanted who can come forward with ideas and, hopefully, work with the committee to develop those ideas.

Whether they can match the planned events of the 1812 Audlem Wake could be quite a challenge. While Napoleon was battling his way to and from Moscow, the citizens of Audlem were planning:


  • Eating Hasty Pudding (for a prize)

  • Three Men Smoking Tobacco (for a prize)

  • A Gingling Match for a Valuable Prize

  • A Handicap Purse for all Horses, Mares and Geldings

  • Six Men to Leap in sacks

  • Three Old Women to Drink Hot Tea — we kid you not

  • To conclude with Young Women to Run Eighty Yards for a Valuable Acquisition decked with Ribbons.


The stewards for this event in 1812 were Sir Corbet Corbet (who appears not to have had the most imaginative of parents at his Christening) and Sir Andrew Corbet.

The Carnival now coincides with the very successful Audlem Music and Arts Festival meaning that the village will be packed, all the more reason for a very special Carnival this year. 

If you would like to be involved, or simply have an idea that might appeal, please call Gwen Moss on 01270 811467 or send your idea to editor@audlem.org and we will pass it on.

 

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