Event brings history to life

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village.  Matt Love playing a lire.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village. Matt Love playing a lire.

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HISTORY buffs had the past brought to life before their eyes on the Easter weekend as a team of re-enactors came to town.

Visitors to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village could have been forgiven for thinking they had stepped into the past as living history society Centingas put on a show.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village.    Maria Legg and Lucinda Skinner doing some weaving.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village. Maria Legg and Lucinda Skinner doing some weaving.

More than a 1,000 people braved traditional bank holiday weekend weather to attend, according to Sarah Debling, heritage assistant.

“In spite of the poor weather we had a really good turnout and people thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time and participating in traditional Anglo-Saxon arts and crafts.

“We had really positive feedback and a lot of people came back both days and brought friends with them,” she said.

Around 30 re-enactors, in full Anglo-Saxon garb and including young and old, put on combat displays and demonstrated arts and crafts from the period. Weaving, textiles, bread making and archery were all displayed.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village.    Peter Woollett chopping some wood.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village. Peter Woollett chopping some wood.

The village saw a range of events over the Easter week, with a family activity day held yesterday.

A Heritage Ticket, giving visitors free access to the Anglo-Saxon village and Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds for one year, are available.

Prices start at £7.30 for adults and £5.30 for children.

Centigas will return to the village on the August bank holiday weekend.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village.    Kaj Seago (left) watches Tom Dowling and Richard Stephens in battle.

Living history event at West Stow Anglo Saxon village. Kaj Seago (left) watches Tom Dowling and Richard Stephens in battle.

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