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One in the eye for French developers

"The original battle took two hours and thousands of people died. The second battle took two years and no blood was spilt. And it was all the better because the French and the British worked together to achieve this victory."

IT was King Harold who famously "got one in the eye" at the Battle of Hastings as immortalised in the Bayeux Tapestry.

But now a Welshman is claiming to have taken a swipe back by helping to win a two-year fight with French developers - a fight that's been dubbed the Second Battle of Agincourt.

Almost six hundred years ago, Agincourt was the place where Gwent bowmen turned the tide of war against the French with their superior weaponry and skills.

Traditional longbowmen were caught up in the new Battle of Agincourt, but this time it was linked to French bureaucracy, not bloodshed.

This modern battle centred on plans to build a wind farm near the medieval site of Henry V's 1415 victory in northern France. These plans have finally been defeated after two years of campaigning.

The cross-Channel war of words erupted after French campaigners recruited supporters from Monmouth - the birthplace of Henry V - to fight the development.

The developers proposed building more than 100 turbines. The Agincourt controversy centred on four of the 460ft-tall machines, to be sited half-a-mile from the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
IT was King Harold who famously "got one in the eye" at the Battle of Hastings as immortalised in the Bayeux Tapestry.

But now a Welshman is claiming to have taken a swipe back by helping to win a two-year fight with French developers - a fight that's been dubbed the Second Battle of Agincourt.

Almost six hundred years ago, Agincourt was the place where Gwent bowmen turned the tide of war against the French with their superior weaponry and skills.

Traditional longbowmen were caught up in the new Battle of Agincourt, but this time it was linked to French bureaucracy, not bloodshed.

This modern battle centred on plans to build a wind farm near the medieval site of Henry V's 1415 victory in northern France. These plans have finally been defeated after two years of campaigning.

The cross-Channel war of words erupted after French campaigners recruited supporters from Monmouth - the birthplace of Henry V - to fight the development.

The developers proposed building more than 100 turbines. The Agincourt controversy centred on four of the 460ft-tall machines, to be sited half-a-mile from the reputed site of the battlefield.

But local protesters enlisted the help of Monmouth businessman, Don Baggs, pictured, a 60-year- old amateur historian. In turn Mr Baggs recruited Robert Hardy, the 80-year-old actor, author and archer, who is a member of the English Heritage Battlefields Panel and patron of the Battlefields Trust.

In 2004 Mr Baggs had ambitious plans to take 5,000 protesters over to France dressed as Welsh archers to press home the case.

Although he did not quite gather the huge army he needed, he did recruit enough men to make an impact during the Entente Cordiale centenary celebrations of Easter 2004.

Now with the withdrawal of the wind farm plans confirmed just before the end of 2005, Mr Baggs said he was jubilant. "Like the first battle of Agincourt, it was a victory against the odds," he said.

"The original battle took two hours and thousands of people died. The second battle took two years and no blood was spilt.

"And it was all the better because the French and the British worked together to achieve this victory."

Thierry Yverneau of Azincourt, as the local village is known, said SIIF Energy decided to withdraw the plans because of the close proximity of the turbines to a very important historic site and to preserve good relations with the people and associations who were against the project.

Source: http://icwales.icnetwork.co...

JAN 4 2006
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