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Iconic outlaw to promote Robin Hood Festival through ‘Tweetes’

24 July 2012
Robin Hood
Robin Hood will use the social media channel Twitter for the first time to promote the 2012 Robin Hood Festival.

Ye Olde Tweetes

Robin of Sherwood will publish a series of 'Ye Olde Tweetes' in the run-up to the festival dedicated to Nottinghamshire’s most famous outlaw, which takes place from August 13-19 at legendary Sherwood Forest.

Experts say that the move is an excellent idea to help the iconic historic figure keep pace with the modern trend of social media and further enhance his global reach to new audiences.

Medieval e-messages

Bob White, Chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society, has teamed up with Nottinghamshire County Council to help promote the event on Twitter. And academic Dr Rob Lutton, Lecturer in Medieval History, in the Department of History, at the University of Nottingham, will use his expertise to advise on the sorts of 'e-messages' Robin could have scribed in medieval times.

Follow us on Twitter

The County Council, which manages Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, which hosts the annual festival, will begin publishing tweets from Robin and his merry men to its near 6,000 followers on Monday 30 July. Follow us: @nottscc and we'll be using the hashtag: #robinhood

Bob White said: “Whatever the trend, whatever the year, Robin Hood remains an enduring figure. It is fantastic news that he is going to swap what would have been firing a message tied to an arrow for today’s Twitter phenomenon and we hope he can build up a fantastic army of online followers to add to his legions of fans in the run-up to the Robin Hood Festival.

“We launched our website (www.robinhood.info) around 15 years ago when the Internet was really gathering momentum and Robin has taken to that so this is the next natural step for our favourite outlaw.”

Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival free event attracts thousands of fans of Robin Hood to enjoy the intrigue and excitement as medieval life is brought to life deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

Jousting, archery, falconry displays, a medieval rat catcher and other performers, musicians and entertainers will transport visitors back to the medieval period when Robin pitted his wits against the Sheriff of Nottingham and other adversaries to help the poor triumph over the rich.

The event is free, car parking £5 all day. For more details about this year’s Robin Hood Festival visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/robinhood

Make sure you also follow Robin as he gets ready for the festival at http://www.twitter.com/nottscc
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