Vikings set to light up Sheringham following shield-making workshop

Four-year-old Josie Humphreys with the sword and shield she made for Sheringham's Scira Viking festi

Four-year-old Josie Humphreys with the sword and shield she made for Sheringham's Scira Viking festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A pint-sized army of Dane warriors got decked out for battle, at a craft workshop held at Sheringham ahead of the town's annual Scira Viking festival.

Sheringham mayor David Gooch joins in the shield-making fun with six-year-old Elizabeth Turner. Pict

Sheringham mayor David Gooch joins in the shield-making fun with six-year-old Elizabeth Turner. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Run by festival founder Colin Seal and a team of Sheringham carnival committee members, the workshop saw dozens of youngsters and their parents make painted swords and shields from pieces of foam board cut out by festival volunteers.

Sheringham mayor David Gooch, who dropped by to join in the fun, praised Mr Seal for his efforts.

'Colin has a great team supporting him, but he is the real driving force behind the festival,' he said.

This year's event kicks off on Saturday with an all day screening of a Viking documentary at the town's Mo museum.

Four-year-old Josie Humphreys and sister Ella, 2, with the swords and shields they made for Sheringh

Four-year-old Josie Humphreys and sister Ella, 2, with the swords and shields they made for Sheringham's Scira Viking festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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Other attractions will include street battles staged by Gorleston-based re-enactment group Wuffa and Viking-style spinning and knitting demonstrations at the seafront museum.

A torchlit procession will set off from Station Road at 6pm, heading through the town centre to the east beach, where a longboat built by West Runton carpenter Brian Howe will be burnt on the shore.

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Family shield and sword making workshop ahead of this weekend's Scira Viking festival at Sheringham.

Family shield and sword making workshop ahead of this weekend's Scira Viking festival at Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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