VIKING warriors were gathering at Stamford Bridge again as they practised for a re-enactment of the most important battle in their history.

They were outside the Cornmill Restaurant in the village acting out their battle drill before they re-enact the famous 1066 fight at the Eye of York on Saturday, February 12.

That re-enactment is expected to attract hundreds of spectators and will be a highlight of this year's Jorvik Viking Festival, which takes place between February 4 and 20.

The Battle of Stamford Bridge is significant in British history because it effectively ended Viking rule when Harold crushed Viking leaders Harald Hardrada and Earl Tostig.

York's Viking Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. For more information, phone 01904 543403 or visit

Updated: 10:06 Friday, January 21, 2005