Warrior spirit wins through at West Stow

A visitor tries her hand at archery at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village during the Warriors Through Time event. Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-160917-165411009

A visitor tries her hand at archery at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village during the Warriors Through Time event. Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-160917-165411009

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More than 500 people attended a unique warrior event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village last weekend.

Now in its third year, Warriors Through Time saw a multi–period timeline of costumed warriors demonstrate their military prowess through a range of activities, including battle demonstrations and firing displays .

Re-enactors entertain visitors to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village during the Warriors Through Time event.
Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-160917-165313009

Re-enactors entertain visitors to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village during the Warriors Through Time event. Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-160917-165313009

Over 40 re-enactors representing the warrior class, and the families who supported them, from a timeline spanning thousands of years, including Anglo-Saxons, English Civil War soldiers and World War Two lumberjills, were at the event.

New additions this year also included a World War One field hospital tent, a parade of military vehicles, including a Royal Navy and WWII jeep and also a futuristic laser combat game people could try out .

“Despite a down pour the day before and it being mainly overcast all weekend, families came along to enjoy the range of hands-on activities, demonstrating a true British spirit and a real desire to combat the weather,” said Lance Alexander, St Edmundsbury Borough Council heritage operations manager.

“The event saw a number of new attractions this year including Gloria, the medieval trebuchet which was such a success, it will now be staying with us for the foreseeable future and around which we are building a special education package for schools.

Re-enactors entertain visitors to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village during the Warriors Through Time event.
Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-160917-165342009

Re-enactors entertain visitors to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village during the Warriors Through Time event. Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-160917-165342009

“Thanks to all those who came along to make the warrior event so enjoyable for the third year running, and all those who helped make it happen.”