Due to lack of funding this year, Chester was unfortunately not as grand as it has been (2011 and 2012 saw over 100 Roman soldiers marching through the city), but was still a great event, attracting large crowds to the amphitheatre to see Britons, Romans and Gladiators display combat and living history.
We also worked once again with Matt and Bob of Experience the Iron Age, merging our Kiddy-Brit displays into a conveyor belt of javelin training, sling training and combat training, with some of the lads from Deva Victrix being sporting enough to stand against the mob of warmed up, bloodthirsty children we ended up with.
So, what will we bring from this event? Hopefully two new members, Mark and Lily, who came along and spent the day absorbing information and catching the enthusiasm and passion for reenactment that makes normal people look at us as though we're slightly odd.
We're also considering new ideas for our Kiddy-Brit. While few of our events have space for tennis balls and slinging (they go EVERYWHERE!), I reckon Kiddy Javelin has potential (I certainly find flinging spears addictive!), and I rather like the idea of asking parents to join the children in the arena. We train the children up one on one (hit us once before we hit you five times etc.), and then we send the little fiends against their parents in a massed mob.
I know Cunomaglos would welcome this development, even if the parents don't...