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Issue:- 10 October 2013

Vikings take over Formby for a day!
Photographs by Patrick Trollope

FORMBY village's rich history Viking history was again celebrated on Saturday, 5 October 2013, when The Viking Medieval Market Day was held at the Gild Hall. Combat demonstrations, BBC Time Team's Mark Olly and his 'entourage' that included Tony Higginson of Formby Books , along with volunteers from The Dove Trust were just a few of the many people involved in putting on what was a very interesting event. The event aimed not only at capturing a flavour of the Formby's ancient history, but also served to act as a reminder to visit shop locally. Formby was founded on commerce as the Vikings were in fact traders  The event had a Living History 'camp' along with stalls, mixed in with demonstrations of Viking crafts and weapons, with weapons came an archery range and combat skills... In fact one brave chap was letting children fire specially made arrows at him! If all that was not enough the event also held a Fornebei Hnefatafl Tournament (a 1600 year old game that is like chess, just in case you did not know). If you missed Hnefatafl Tournament but would still like to participate, contact Formby Books for more information about taking part in local games... Taking to the stage in the Hall was a fantastic band, next to a book stall, with authors signing books... This was a truly lively event and bustling with activity and we hope as the organisers do, that it will be returning next year and will grow in strength. These are a few photographs we took on the day. Well done to all who took part and remember Formby is a Viking Market place, so please do not let local trade die out. Keep the tradition alive, by supporting the local small businesses all year round!

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