History comes alive at the castle

Date: Saturday 12th June 1999

APPLEBY Castle will be thrust back to the time of the Wars of the Roses this month, when the Red Wyvern Society will be creating a historical re-enactment in the castle grounds.

APPLEBY Castle will be thrust back to the time of the Wars of the Roses this month, when the Red Wyvern Society will be creating a historical re-enactment in the castle grounds.

A battle encampment will be built to show a typical scene from the mid-15th Century and guests will be allowed to mingle with the “locals” to see what life would have been like for soldiers and those who would come into contact with them.

The event will take place on 19th and 20th June, with a similar re-enactment planned for 29th and 30th August.

The Red Wyvern Society, members of which are returning for their third year, will be demonstrating 15th Century methods of cooking and typical crafts from the time, and herbalists will be on hand to provide some natural remedies to any “injured” soldiers.

There will also be archery displays and exhibitions of typical armoury and weaponry.

Red Wyvern Society events organiser Elaine Waite said: “We set up what we think a real encampment would have been like and people are allowed to mingle in among us.

“They are allowed to touch the weapons and armoury and try things for themselves. This brings the history that you can see at the castle, every day, to life.

“It has been very popular in the past and more and more people are appreciating this sort of hands on approach.”