The roar of cannon and the crackle of musket fire returned to Barnstaple at the weekend as the town commemorated its involvement in the English Civil War. The town changed hands several times between 1642-46 but Sundays battle at Rock Park finally saw the Royalists admit defeat and surrender to the forces of Parliament. It brought to an end a week of activities organised by Barnstaple Town Council that included childrens workshops and tour of the Guildhall. More than 2,000 people attended Sundays living history event, with Sealed Knot members from Sir Nicholas Slannings Regiment of Foote on hand to provide a battlefield display and chat to visitors. Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt said: What a fantastic week! Thousands enjoyed our free fun activities, as well as learning about our towns history. I was particularly pleased the creative workshops, interactive tours, and history demonstrations were so popular too. A big thank you to all involved, especially the Town Councils Heritage and Cultural Manager Megan Sanders. Thanks too to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our efforts. Heritage chairman Natasha Haywood, added: We are delighted the week was such a success. One of the councils objectives is to promote Barnstaples heritage, and these free events achieved just that. I am particularly pleased that some of the activities, such as the workshops, attracted a younger audience and other people who might not ordinarily be interested in history. Its also great that weve worked in partnership with local organisations, the Sealed Knot, and the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring these brilliant events to Barnstaple.