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Crowds enjoy Battle Of Stamford Bridge re-enactment
8:25am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
Warriors go head to head at the Battle of Stamford Bridge Historical Re-enactment Show at Stamford Bridge Cricket Club
ONE of the most significant battles in British history was re-enacted near York.
Scores of spectators turned out to see the Battle Of Stamford Bridge Society at a special camp over the weekend, with skirmishes, educational talks and Viking demonstrations throughout the event.
On Saturday, Coun Claude Mole, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council met with King Harald Hardrada before the arrival of the Saxons, led by King Harold Godwinson, and the so-called “forgotten battle of 1066” was played out for the crowds.
A spokesman for the society said: “Year by year, the event is attracting bigger crowds, more societies and living history roups, which in turn is better for everyone in the village and surrounding areas.”
The Battle of Stamford Bridge took on place on September 25, 1066. Although Harold Godwinson repelled the Norwegian invaders, his victory was short-lived: he was defeated and killed by the Normans at Hastings less than three weeks later. The battle has traditionally symbolised the end of the Viking Age.
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