Torchlit trip back in time for Sheffield community

Youngsters enjoy the fun at Wincobank Hill Lantern Procession
Youngsters enjoy the fun at Wincobank Hill Lantern Procession
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RESIDENTS came together for a ‘memorable and magical walk’ back through time to the days of the Roman occupation of Britain.

The Wincobank Hill Lantern Procession attracted a crowd of more than 250 children and adults.

Penny Rea, of organisers Friends of Wincobank Hill, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant and mindblowing event. Around 100 children were among the crowd and they really enjoyed it.”

Pupils from schools in the surrounding area and residents had been invited to attend on the night.

The parade met at the Victorian chapel on Wincobank Avenue, with children carrying willow and tissue lanterns made in school with the help of local artist Anna-Mercedes Wear.

Penny said: “After listening to a stirring invitation to seek out the rebel leader King Caractacus by storyteller and ranger James Smith, the procession moved off, led by drummer David Anson.”

Elderly residents at the Roman Ridge Extra Care apartments watched as the illuminated parade headed into woodland, where it was met by a lone piper playing beside a glowing brazier.

Further along the route, archaeology students from Sheffield University gave a demonstration of working metal on an anvil in a reconstructed Iron Age forge.

Celtic melodies were played by Foxy Music and at the site of the old Roman hill fort, members of 53 Theatre Group performed the Wincobank Pageant – a re-enactment of the betrayal of King Caractacus by Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes, who according to the contemporary historian Tacitus delivered him to the Romans in chains.

Penny added: “As Caractacus was led off in chains a weary, happy but hungry procession continued down the path through the oak wood and back to Upper Wincobank Chapel for hot chocolate and cake, where the talk was of a wonderful and magical experience.”