A view of life when town was called Es­sets­ford

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Beauty And The Beast -

Fear­some raiders and brave war­riors from the Dark Ages de­scended on the town cen­tre to bring his­tory back to life.

The Vik­ing and Saxon Re-en­act­ment group set up camp in the Church Yard op­po­site Ash­ford Mu­seum to re­mind vis­i­tors of Ash­ford’s an­cient past.

Ex­hibits in­cluded the kind of uten­sils and tools that would have been used when the town was known as Es­sets­ford. Vis­i­tors had the chance to grind corn and fire long­bows and cross­bows.

Mean­while, the Vik­ing war­riors dis­played their war shields, ar­mour and ter­ri­fy­ing bat­tle axes.

Ac­tors tak­ing part were Colin John­son, Chris­tine Green, Paul Wood, Sue Turner, Shaun Ainsworth, Jane Richard­son, Denise John­son and her great-grand­daugh­ter Molly An­der­son.

They are part of The Vik­ings, Bri­tain’s largest Dark Ages re-en­act­ment group, for more in­for­ma­tion visit www. viking­son­line.org.

Ash­ford Mu­seum is now open un­til Oc­to­ber and is free be­tween 11am and 2pm from Tues­day to Satur­day. Visit www.ash­ford­mu­seum.org.uk

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Chris­tine Green (above) and Sue Turner at the Sax­ons and Vik­ings rein­act­ment day

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Paul Wood, Jane Richard­son and Shaun Ainsworth

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Denise John­son with her great-grand­daugh­ter Molly An­der­son, three

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Re-en­act­ment ac­tor Colin John­son

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