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Hundreds flock to Wolverhampton battle reenactment

By Jamie Brassington | Wednesfield | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

The clashes of swords, the battering of shields and the roar of men - this is how the Battle of Wednesfield would have looked 1,107 years ago.

Actors do battle as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings face off

It was recreated in spectacular fashion during a special re-enactment show.

A crowd of hundreds of people watched on from the sidelines as actors from Jorvik Vikingr reproduced the iconic event.

L-R: Vikings Nigel Simms, Matt Hawkins, Benji Cantley and David Elliot
The actors prepare to stage the battle

Thousands of men are thought to have perished in the bloody encounter in 910AD which was ultimately won by the Anglo-Saxons.

But the event is regarded as an important event in the nation's timeline and community leaders from Wednesfield are keen to make sure the event is not forgotten.

The king of the Vikings, Dave Elliot

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Young and old got into the medieval spirit with people walking around wearing old-fashioned garments and horned helmets.

The actors wore metal helmets and chainmail alongside brandishing swords and round wooden shields.

The Vikings and Saxons clash

A march was also held through the town on Saturday (05), where people attending the festival carried out battle roars in front of local landmarks.

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The events were held as part of a community day organised by the Wednesfield History Society, which is the third year it has run.

The Vikings and Saxons clash

It was planned this year to fall on the day when the battle took place 1,107 years ago, on August 5.

Ray Fellows, a founder of the Wedesfield History Society, said: "The whole day is fantastic.

"It is the biggest event that has happened in Wednesfield."

Actors do battle as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings face off

Dave Elliott, from Jorvik Vikingr, said: "Firstly we recreate the battle of Wednesfield, but then we hold a competitive fight later. This is all done as a martial arts."

WSH founding member Simon Hamilton said: "This event is about creating the reenactment and also pulling the community together.

"We also have quite a few charities come along which helps them raise money.

Actors do battle as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings face off

"On average we normally get around 750 to 1,000 people to come to the event."

A medieval village featuring cone-shaped huts was pitched up on the playing field at Wednesfield High School to add to the authenticity.

Historians believe the Battle of Wednesfield, which is historically known as Wodensfelde, was detrimental to the Vikings and weakened their stronghold in England.

England became unified in 927, less than two decades later.

People of all ages turned out to enjoy the day, with some guests even dressing in medieval attire.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Reporter covering Dudley, Sandwell and Wyre Forest. Also dabble in sport. Call me on 01384353205 or email jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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