Crowds turn out for Roman day at Caistor St Edmund

Sylvie and Theo Hewitt, of Swardeston, with Ian Pycroft of black knight historical at the Roman Day

Sylvie and Theo Hewitt, of Swardeston, with Ian Pycroft of black knight historical at the Roman Day at Caistor St Edmund. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

Families who visited Caistor St Edmund yesterday unearthed some fascinating facts about the former capital of Norfolk dating back 2000 years at a Roman fun day.

Caistor Roman Town Family Fun Day attracted bumper crowds with scores of children, eager to learn about the town's Roman past, among those taking part in the activities on offer.

The South Norfolk Council backed event gave visitors the opportunity to make their own Roman or Celtic shield and sword, dress as a Roman, handle genuine Roman artifacts and find out what it is like to excavate a Roman burial Box.

Families could also take a guided walk and learn about the secrets uncovered by the digs at the Roman site of Venta Icenorum, listen to Boudicca telling her story and meet Roman and Iceni soldiers.

Terry Blowfield, a member of the Venta Icenorum Joint Action Group and a South Norfolk councillor for Stratton ward, said he was delighted with the turn out.


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He said: 'It's been really well attended. It's been brilliant to see so many people out and about at this site.'

The fun day, which took place between 10.30am and 4pm, was funded by Eastern Rivers Neighbourhood Board and supported by the Caistor Advisory Board, Caistor Roman Town Project, Caistor St Edmunds Parish Church.

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