MEMBERS of 15th century re-enactment groups gathered at York’s Clifford’s Tower on Saturday to commemorate England’s bloodiest battle.

The groups marched 14 miles from York to the battleground at Towton, near Tadcaster, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The march recreated the journey soldiers made from Clifford’s Tower to Dacre’s Cross at Towton, and participants wore clothes and carried equipment authentic to the War of the Roses period on the 553rd anniversary of the battle, which killed 28,000 men.

They followed, where possible, the same route soldiers took on March 29, 1461, when the Battle of Towton became a turning point in the civil war between the rival York and Lancaster houses.

The Road to Towton project raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support with £1,265 donated so far.