THE clash of metal on metal rang out around the walls of Conisbrough Castle as fast-action medieval sword fighting returned.
The Norman keep was taken over by the South Yorkshire-based Escafeld Medieval Society, as its members acted out a tournament on the grass inside the fortress.
The battle, which saw several knights play out battles before an audience of hundreds. was the climax of a day of events which were run by the society including archery. medieval cooking, and candle making.
Michael Speight, aged 44, from Royston, Barnsley, was among those taking part in the combat, taking the role of Michael of Royston.
He joined the society along with several members of his family early last year after seeing the group in action as a spectator.
He signed up along with his sons Shane, aged 18, who performs as William of Conisbrough, 15-year-old Luke, who takes part as Luke of Wentworth, and Nathaniel, 11, who is a knight’s helper.
He said: “We started training from January to April and since then we’ve taken part in events in Caenarvon Castle and Tenby Castle, in Wales.
“We went to watch them at Wentworth last year and my eldest said he’d like a go at it. We got in touch and we all ended up becoming members.”
Shane said it was great fun.
The group were at the castle for seven hours,
Jane Easton, of Balby, who was at the event with her children, was impressed by the action display. Her seven-year-old, daughter Caitlin, was among the children at the event who chatted to the knights after their battle and got to pick up and try their swords and battleaxes for weight
Jane said: I’ve never seen anything like that before. We came here for the Robin Hood display too, earlier in the year. They were brilliant and it was a great atmosphere. I think they do the fighting really well and it’s exciting for the children.”
n Anyone interested in joining the medieval society can log onto www.escafeld.org.uk for details or call 07809 432077.