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Viking soldiers from Blodurn Englar perform in Bury's Abbey Gardens




Visitors to the Abbey Gardens were in for a surprise on Saturday when 22 Viking soldiers started battling it out like it was 900AD.

Needham Market-based group Blodurn Englar impressed crowds at a Bury St Edmunds open day with their full-frontal historic combat.

The group does not re-enact battle, as members instead don chain mail and fight in groups or solo to defeat opponents using ninth and tenth century-style weapons and methods.

Blodorn Englar Viking group training in the Abbey Gardens..Pictured: ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8036271)
Blodorn Englar Viking group training in the Abbey Gardens..Pictured: ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8036271)

Blodurn Englar is seeking to attract new members into what is a growing sport across the UK.

Organiser Craig Greenwood said: “It went really well and we had quite a crowd. It was a pretty good response and a fun day. Three or four people said they would be interested in coming to our training sessions.”

Blodorn Englar Viking group training in the Abbey Gardens..Pictured: ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8036128)
Blodorn Englar Viking group training in the Abbey Gardens..Pictured: ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8036128)

The full-contact sport is not for the faint hearted and requires training for anyone to participate.

Mr Greenwood said: “We have had a lot of interest on our Facebook page since Saturday, it’s not the kind of thing people are used to seeing. We hope to hold another in the summer.”

Blodorn Englar Viking group training in the Abbey Gardens..Pictured: Public got to meet the Vikings....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8036297)
Blodorn Englar Viking group training in the Abbey Gardens..Pictured: Public got to meet the Vikings....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8036297)


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