Keeping the arms secure
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.”