Wymondham pupils pay tribute to Robert Kett

Schoolchildren in Wymondham gathered to pay tribute to one of the town's most famous historical figures.

Pupils from Robert Kett Junior School performed an annual ceremony last week honouring local hero, Robert Kett.

In 1549 Robert Kett, a successful and respected Wymondham farmer and tanner, and his brother William, were hanged for their part in leading an uprising against social injustices and land enclosures where they took control of the city of Norwich.

Children from Robert Kett School have marked the anniversary of the Ketts' death with a visit to lay flowers at Becket's Chapel ever since a community event to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Kett's rebellion in 1999.

Local historian Adrian Hoare reminded the children about the reason for the ceremony. Attending the ceremony this year were author Margaret Callow, who is writing a novel about the Ketts, and Jane Brown from Running Hare Press who will be publishing it next spring.

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Malcolm Gray, headteacher of Robert Kett Junior School said: 'We are very proud to help keep the memory of the Ketts alive in our town. This annual ceremony helps us to ensure that each new generation of Wymondham children has background knowledge and awareness of the events which took place so many years ago.'

'Being involved in the ceremony each year means that we too have a special place in the town's history.'

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