THE 800TH anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta was remembered with a real fanfare at Windsor’s Guildhall on Thursday last week.

The fanfare was played by sixth former Edward Slade from The Windsor Boys School, in the delighted presence of its composer Robert Peate – the Royal Academy of Music student who created it specially for this year’s celebrations.

It launched an evening of fascinating historical talks by two leading Magna Carta experts – Professor David Carpenter from Kings College, London and Doctor Erik Grigg.

About 80 people attended the event - the first of many in the countdown to the official anniversary this June, which will climax with a river pageant between Hurley and Runnymede and a commemoration on Runnymede Meadows in the presence of The Queen.