A fayre fight as warriors march back in time

The Romans show their warfare tactics
The Romans show their warfare tactics
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Romans, renegades and redcoats... History of all hues came back to life at a huge free event in Sheffield.

Legions of the emperor set out to conquer Norfolk Heritage Park – but met stern resistance from 18th century Napoleonic cavalry and a force of medieval knights.

The skirmishes were accompanied by songs and serenades from ladies with lutes and other period instruments in the living history encampment.

Everyone could have a go at becoming an ace archer while visitors parading through the past could also see period crafts and cooking techniques recreated.

The colourful displays were just one attraction at the ever popular Sheffield Fayre, which is now in its 12th year.

Also keeping the crowds busy on Sunday and yesterday were displays in the giant craft and horticulture marquee, an antiques roadshow, fairground rides and stalls, children’s activities and a bustling market place.

Attendance figures over the two days were expected to be in the region of 20,000, helped by good weather.

Marge Allen, of Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park, which helps organise the event, said the fayre was now well established as one of the most popular events in the city’s summer calendar.

She said: “We were delighted to see the fayre in the park again this year.

“It is still free to get in and families enjoy food, fun and a festival atmosphere in one of Sheffield’s most picturesque parks.”

This year’s event included the return of popular retro-style fairground sideshows organised by Sheffield University’s Professor Vanessa Toulmin, a leading authority in the field and director of the National Fairground Archive.