With more than 25,000 visitors, including the 1500 re-enactors who were able to pursue their hobby for three days in Groenlo and the many, tired but satisfied, volunteers, the Battle of Grolle 2019 edition can be once again considered very successful.
For three days the “State troops” fought their way to the city via zigzag trenches, where the Spanish occupiers eventually had to surrender on Sunday. Unlike other years, and for the first time, the Compagnie Grolle, was stationed in the Spanish camp.
“The weather did not affect the end result,” laughs Edwin Grothe, president of the Battle of Grolle. He looks back with satisfaction on three busy days. Something new this year was City Square “Wheme”, where you could eat, amongst other things, authentic dishes. There was again no shortage of press attention. For example, the German WDR broadcasted live during the Torch Procession and the Battle was shown live on television on Saturday for 1,5 hours on the “Omroep Gelderland” channel.
Annette Bronsvoort, mayor of the municipality of Oost Gelre, said to be proud of the event. As a direct result, a network is being set up with other cities, that have been part of the 80-year war, to share this common history.
Apart from the many visitors, the event was also a success for the residents of Groenlo. In almost every street there were groups of residents who worked for days to immerse the town into the seventeenth century. The event is growing steadily every two years and the organization is already looking forward to 2021. “But first rest,” says Grothe. The organization wants to thank everyone who has contributed in any way whatsoever. Once again, without them this edition would not have been possible.