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History Alive lets slip the dogs of war at Stonham Barns




An ancient Greek warrior at History Alive
An ancient Greek warrior at History Alive

Warriors from the ancient Greeks to World War Two went through their paces over the weekend at Stonham Barns.

History Alive was a gathering of re-enactment groups from across the country, as well as time, showing not just fighting skills but something of life in the times they were from.

The Sourthern Skirmish Association's American Civil War artillery is prepared for action
The Sourthern Skirmish Association's American Civil War artillery is prepared for action

They included the Hoplite Association, formed in 2001 as the world’s first re-enactment society solely dedicated to recreating the life and experiences of the Classical Greek period between 490 and 430BC.

Perhaps more familiar in this area were groups depicting the Dark Ages with battles between Anglo Saxons and marauding Danes – better known as Vikings.

But it was not all blood and guts with a group called The Hovel showing the life of ordinary poor people in Medieval times.

A group called Lacewars specialised in the period 1740-1760 and in particular the Jacobite rebellion – the attempt by ‘Bonnie Prince’ Charles Edward Stuart to regain the British throne which ended in the 1745 massacre at Culloden Moor.

Rewturn to the Dark Ages as Anglo Saxons and Vikings do battle
Rewturn to the Dark Ages as Anglo Saxons and Vikings do battle

The Southern Skirmish Association brought the American Civil War to life, complete with artillery pieces, while Spearfish Creek showed the 19th wild west.

The 49th Division and Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve showed life and action from around D-Day in 1944.

On a more peaceful note, Myal Pyper performed Tudor, early Stuart and Anglo Saxon lyre music.

As the troops marched off, organiser David Bracey said they planned to re-invade in the first week of July 2018.

More pictures in this week’s Bury Free Press.



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