Children’s work used for Viking funeral fire

The Viking boat with the childrens shields on the side.
The Viking boat with the childrens shields on the side.

On Thursday 29 September, the children from Stamford Bridge Primary School had a fantastic morning of fun activities to celebrate the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Each year, the school participates in their Battle Week to celebrate the 1066 event, culminating in Thursday’s Battle Day where children of every age group join forces to take part in lots of exciting activities.

The boat is set alight for the re-enactment of the funeral fire.

The boat is set alight for the re-enactment of the funeral fire.

One of the most exciting challenges was making Viking Shields, which were then placed on the Viking Long Boat at the weekend village celebration where they were set alight much to the delight of the children.

The burning boat was part of the re-enactment of the Viking funeral for King Harald Hardrada of Norway.

Other events included creating artistic calendars, sword crafting and brooch making using runes.

The children had a wonderful day and particularly enjoyed giggling at several teachers who donned their best Viking fancy dress.

Chris Rock, of the Battle of Stamford Society, who helped build the boat, said: “The shields all looked great and you did a fab job, kids!”