Vikings return to Stamford

Battle of S Bridge
Battle of S Bridge

THE VIKINGS returned to Stamford Bridge to re-enact the famous battle of 1066.

History came to life when a longboat full of warriors rowed up the River Derwent to the village and set up camp before facing up to their Saxon enemies.

Battle of S Bridge - Mark gives in!

Battle of S Bridge - Mark gives in!

Several days of activity started when a boatload of Norwegian invaders arrived at Barmby, where there were displays of combat.

There was then another overnight camp and displays at Thorganby before the boat headed for Stamford Bridge.

They were met there by other warriors and headed for the battle site.

At the village’s cricket ground, a Living History encampment was held, where people watched and took part in how life was lived.

Battle of S Bridge - early warning

Battle of S Bridge - early warning

Warriors displayed the weapons they used and demonstrated the way they fought, while children were able to join in warrior training and take on the Vikings.

Tom Wyles, who helped organise the event, said: “The event was terrific and we had a good turnout who all said how much they enjoyed the whole event and battle.

“We are already planning next year, and beyond, because we want to grow and grow to be as big as Hastings - which attracts around 2,000 re-enactors and thousands of visitors.”

The Battle of Stamford Bridge marked the end of the Viking era in Britain.