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Issue:- 10 October 2014

The Vikings Return!
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FORMBY'S Viking and Medieval Market was held on 4 October 2014, with more stalls, exhibitions and displays than last year's, It truly was a bigger event and proved a huge success. It is hoped by the Viking Festival organisers, Tony Higginson, Mark Olly and Leo Kiolassa, that this will become a proper annual fixture for the village "We have a massive opportunity to make this grow and we are delighted for the help we have had so far. We hope to build on this year's success as we did on last year's, so we can promote our village's Viking heritage and bring people into it. We hope that the people attending not only come to see us, but also visit our local shops and restaurants. We also hope that it will encourage locals and tourists alike to learn more about the Vikings though our living history displays." said Mark Olly. At the event the group also had help from the 1st Formby Scouts and Our Lady of Compassion 20th Formby Brownies and Tony added: - "We would like to thank the groups for their amazing help." If you attended you would have seen a Viking Boat, Hnefatafl (a kind of Viking chess) being played, birds Of Prey, exhibits of weapons and amour, Viking clothing and Saxon clothing, plus a chance to sample some Viking food and make Viking coins! But for some the most enthralling part was seeing a live fighting demonstration in the arena. "It might be a small show compared to some, but what was on offer was fantastic. You could easily have spent a day at the event!" one of the many people attending told us un-prompted. Here's to 2015's show!

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