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‘Romans’ headed to Ribchester

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Roman battle techniques, weapons and armour were displayed to scores of people when members of one of the country’s leading re-eneactment groups visited Ribchester Roman Museum for the first time.

The members of the Ermine Street Guard were also on hand to answer any questions from people who travelled from near and far to attend this special event, organised as part of the museum’s calendar of centenary celebrations.

Photo Ian Robinson'Members of The Ermine Street Guard during the visit to Ribchester Roman Museum as part of the museum's centenary celebrations'Emilia Curwen, eight, from Preston

Photo Ian Robinson'Members of The Ermine Street Guard during the visit to Ribchester Roman Museum as part of the museum's centenary celebrations'Emilia Curwen, eight, from Preston

Children were also able to dress up in Roman armour and handle the Roman weapons, just as the legionaries serving in Britain 2000 years ago did.

Museum curator Patrick Tostevin said: “It went very well and a lot of people turned up. It was well supported by the Friends of the Museum and also members of the public who came from as far away as Merseyside - who thought it would be an ineresting place to visit - and also people from Lancaster.”

“It is also worth pointing out these members of the Ermine Street Guard offered their services for nothing and we are grateful to the Ermine Street Guard for allowing this event to take place in our centenary year.

“It was such a success there is every hope that we will do the same again next year.”

The visit of the Guard came hot on the heels of the departure of the Ribchester Parade Helmet back to London, and keen to keep up the interest, Patrick is already organising special events for next year including an extra Iron Age Day in April because the September one is so popular and says they are in negotiations with a re-enactor, from Leeds, who brings to life the Eastern Roman Empire and who they hope to have visit during the first half of next year.”