Keep­ing the arms se­cure

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

JAMES Lidgey-Hutt (24), pic­tured, is a se­cu­rity guard from Or­ton Mal­borne, and has been a mem­ber for about a year and a half.

He has been in­volved with var­i­ous re-en­act­ment groups since he was a child but says the Vik­ing group is a lot more laid-back.

“They’re not so stifflipped, you can ac­tu­ally have an en­joy­able time as op­posed to peo­ple telling you ex­actly how you have to act,” he said.

“It’s one of the most re­laxed and easy-go­ing groups I’ve ever known. Ev­ery­body meshes so well. We’ve never had a bad re­port from any of the peo­ple who’ve seen our shows.

“A lot of the groups I’ve been in be­fore have had quite strict rules. Some groups won’t let other fam­ily mem­bers come along un­less they’re full mem­bers. Here ev­ery­one en­joys them­selves a lot more.”

James is the group’s ar­mourer.

“My job is to talk to the pub­lic about all the weapons, how they would be used, how they pro­gressed through­out the pe­riod,” he said.

“I’m re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the weapons and clean­ing them up and keep­ing them in good or­der.

“I’ve been into his­tory since I was a child and I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in weaponry.”

He says the friendly na­ture of the group is what makes it so en­joy­able.

“We stick to­gether like a big fam­ily,” he said. “All the kids are looked af­ter by any mem­ber of the group. Ev­ery­one mucks in to­gether and helps ev­ery­one else.”

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