Fortress Wales

IMG_5239Fortress Wales was a wonderful multi period re-enactment/living history event held at Caldicot Castle Country Park, encompassing re-enactment groups and a military vehicle show. Knights in armour, medieval peasants and World War II soldiers in an overview of living history.

Photographed is Andrew Upton from Bristol in the role of a machine gun Training Officer from the 1914 – 1918 World War with the 1st World War Horse Group. The main arena showcased public displays and catering and trade stands. Andrew said: “We have all very much enjoyed being here in the wonderful settings of the castle grounds. It is really great to see so many people having such an amazing time.”

IMG_5162.jpgPictured is: Robert Chambers from Bridgend, a member of the Military Vehicle Trust, at the wheel of a USA Ford 1942 Jeep with Monika Kudaseva (24) from Newport (originally from Lithuania). Monika said: “It was a great weekend of entertainment and living history demonstrations. There were wolf dogs, horses and even a large black raven. I found it both interesting and informative about so many different subjects such the history of warfare, keeping horses and cooking throughout the ages.”

IMG_5190Chris Brooks was on hand to talk about the role of motorbikes in the war.The castle’s manager Mike Booth said: “There were more than 1000 re-enactors on the site so it was a very strong mix and something you do not get (at other events), a Vietcong meeting up with a Viking.”

IMG_5008Photographed is Jan Comley, a member of the WWII German Army engaging in the administration of the event. Many of the re-enactors spent the nights living the life as if they were from their characters’ time. They included the Plymouth Medieval Society and members of the 43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry group.

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Thirteen year old Lilly Johnson with her wolf dog Saskya from the Viking encampment.

IMG_5358PC Derek Woodward from Cheltenham arresting trouble maker Monika Kudaseva. Derek is a former Butlins Red Coat and he said: “We have lots of time to make this a quality event and I like to provide the public with a living history experience that informs them about the police service. After retirement I attended a reenactment and I suddenly discovered a whole new world of enjoyment and learning. I have met so many different interesting people who have become good friends. The public’s reaction to this event has been brilliant.”

IMG_5379Members of the 1st Missouri Light Artillery – the H gun (Polly Gun) are photographed (Left to Right) Glenn Roofthooft, Tony Beer, Ruth Kennedy, Graham Darbey and Steven Broadhurst.

IMG_5279Pictured is a group of Ragged Victorians representing The Great Unwashed. (Left to Right):  Hywel Jones (sailor), Steph Jones (fisherman’s wife), Beverly Lester-Card and Ian Lester-Card (who both portrayed gypsies).

 


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