Pupils from Wymondham school take part in ceremony to honour man who shaped town’s history

Robert Kett Junior School pupils with flowers under the Kett memorial plaque at Becket’s Chapel, Wym

Robert Kett Junior School pupils with flowers under the Kett memorial plaque at Becket’s Chapel, Wymondham. Picture: Terence J Burchell - Credit: Archant

A ceremony in Wymondham has encouraged youngsters to learn about the hero who shaped the town's history.

Robert Kett Junior School in Wymondham held a ceremony to explain the historic acts of Robert Kett, a respected farmer and tanner who in 1549 led an uprising against social injustices with his brother William.

In 1999, an event was organised to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Kett's rebellion and, since then, children from the school have marked the anniversary with a trip to lay flowers at Becket's Chapel.

On Friday, a group of pupils visited the chapel, which is now the town's Arts Centre and bears a plaque to provide a permanent record.

Local historian Adrian Hoare was on hand to remind youngsters about the reason behind the ceremony.

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Alison Clarke, head teacher, said: 'This ceremony helps us ensure that each new generation of Wymondham children knows and has thought about these important events which took place so many years ago.

'Taking part gives our school a special place in Wymondham's history. We are very proud to help keep the memory of the Ketts alive in our town.'

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After the flowers ceremony the children visited the Town Council Offices, where they were welcomed by the mayor, Councillor Colin Foulger.

The rebellion led by the brothers were against land enclosures. After several weeks of struggle in which the rebels took and held the city of Norwich, the uprising was put down by the King's armies.

Three thousands rebels were killed and the Kett brothers were hanged as traitors.

In more modern times their actions have been recognised as a brave bid for social justice and reform.

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