Tyneside pair re-enact battles at Hadrian's Wall

TWO women from Tyneside are preparing for battle on Hadrian’s Wall.

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TWO women from Tyneside are preparing for battle on Hadrian’s Wall. Rosie Serdiville and Sarah-Jayne Goodfellow will be joining hundreds of other re-enactors in the Living Frontier events along Hadrian’s Wall until Sunday.

Rosie, 52, a retired consumer rights worker from Newcastle, admits to enjoying assassinating Romans as a hobby.

She said: “I’m often cast as a Celtic woman and it’s good to show people that these women could stand up for themselves.

“It’s also a chance to make history come alive and can be a very powerful learning tool.”

Rosie is a member of the Time Bandits – a group of historical re-enactors from Newcastle.

They will be at the Roman Army Museum near Haltwhistle until Sunday to re-enact scenes from frontier life .

Fellow bandit Sarah-Jayne Goodfellow, 44, is a receptionist at an architectural practice in the Newcastle. She said: “The Living Frontier event is a real chance for people to learn about history in a way they never did at school.”

As members of the re-enactment society Regia Anglorum, married couple Liz and Richard Walsh from Durham, play the parts of Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Welsh and Norman people.

For the Living Frontier Regia Anglorum will recreate a Viking encampment within the walls of Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.

It’s very much a family affair for Liz and Richard, with teenage sons Phillip and Daniel often taking part too.

Liz said: “As a family we’ve always been interested in history and this is a natural extension of that. People are usually intrigued by what we do but friends who come and see us love it and understand why we take part.”

Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd’s Linda Tuttiett said: “People from all walks of life will come together for what promises to be one of the biggest and most exciting re-enactments this country has ever seen. For the first time in 1,600 years there will be a full century of Roman soldiers from all over Europe along the Wall.”

Grandmother and Civil War colleague Ann Thomas said: “It beats knitting. I think it’s going to be an amazing event that will really bring history alive to people of all ages.”

For programme details visit www.livingfrontier.com


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