Dalby Forest re-enactment today and tomorrow

From Scarborough Evening News

Forest camp for Roman re-enactors

Published Date: 20 June 2008
MEMORIES of the days when the Romans ruled Britain are being kept alive by a hardy bunch of re-enactors in the shape of the Comitatus period history and research group.
The largest amateur historical society of its kind in Britain, it is setting up camp in Dalby Forest this weekend.
Roman relics abound in the North York Moors, including a marching camp and Roman road in Cropton Forest. The legionaires will display the artillery and weapons which won an Empire, but ultimately failed to stem the Barbarian tide.
They include the “Cruise Missile” of its day, a kind of catapult known as a Ballista, capable of firing a bolt which could smash through wood 100 yards away.
Comitatus is based on an elite unit that was based near Bridlington to repel foreign invaders.
Soldiers and their families will also demonstrate the other side of army life in Dalby, as rations are prepared, equipment mended, leather, wood and bone worked into every day objects and medical treatments explained.
The event, from 11am on Saturday and Sunday, takes places near the new Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and is free.
Normal forest toll charges for vehicles apply.
For information contact the visitor centre on (01751) 460295 or log on to the Forestry Commission’s new website for the region at www.forestry.gov.uk/YorkshireandtheHumber

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