East Budleigh: Ideas sought for Walter Raleigh anniversary

PUBLISHED: 17:14 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 August 2017

The statue of Sir Walter Raleigh in East Budleigh.

The statue of Sir Walter Raleigh in East Budleigh.

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Residents in East Budleigh are being invited to submit ideas for events to mark 400 years since Sir Walter Raleigh died.

Suggestions are being sought on how to commemorate the anniversary of the death of East Budleigh’s most famous son.

Next year will mark 400 years since the death of Sir Walter Raleigh, who grew up at Hayes Barton.

A number of events have already been planned to mark the occasion, including a Sir Walter Raleigh-themed effigy at the village’s annual scarecrow festival next year.

A suggestion box has now been created at East Budleigh Village Hall for people to provide ideas on how to honour Sir Walter.

The adventurer was born to a Protestant family in Devon and went on to be responsible for the joint defence of the county against the Spanish Armada.

However, his land-based soldiers were not given the opportunity to fight the Spanish.

It is believed that Sir Walter was beheaded in 1618 after being imprisoned in the Tower of London by King James I.


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