Roman weekend was an ‘absolute triumph’

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Ribchester Roman Museum’s 100th birthday celebrations, coupled with the arrival back of the best known Roman object ever to have been found in the village, has been declared a triumph.Museum curator Patrick Tostevin said: “It was an absolute triumph.

“We had hundreds of people come down here both days. The weather held off and everybody enjoyed not only the re-enactments, but also the presence of children’s 
author Caroline Lawrence who was signing her novels and talking about her work.

Roman Weekend at Ribchester

Roman Weekend at Ribchester

“Also, because the Roman Parade Helmet is in Ribchester people could enjoy visiting the museumand seeing the most famous object ever to have been discovered on the site.

“There were people five deep around the helmet at one stage, you couldn’t even get near it. People were absolutely thrilled, awestruck to see it, mostly by the magificence of the object and the significance of it coming back to where it was discovered.”

He said the re-enactment groups had put on a great show, with lots of soldiers and cavalry. A record number of more than 50 volunteers had assisted over the weekend.

Serving tea and cakes for the first time in the village hall had also proved highly successful.

Patrick said people travelled from as far away as Scotland and from all over the north-2est, saying: “People came from far and wide and we think they will continue to do so as the helmet is here all summer. We are delighted with 
the way it has gone – a great weekend was had by all.”

Due to a technical problem, the report and pictures from this event were not in last week’s issue as had been intended.