Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Fort George history event

From Historic Scotland (www.historic-scotland.gov.uk):

FORT GEORGE TO WELCOME ROMANS, VIKINGS and LAND GIRLS

2,000 years of history to be celebrated at Fort George

Fort George will welcome romans, Vikings and land girls next month as Historic Scotland’s ‘Celebration of the Centuries’ returns.

The award winning event,* which takes place at the Fort in Ardersier, Inverness-shire on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August, spans over 2,000 years of history.

Over the weekend over two hundred and fifty performers will be at the Fort depicting centuries of history from the Picts, the Romans and the Vikings, through the Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation and Jacobite eras right up to World War I and II.

The event days will commence with a grand parade which will begin with the Romans and conclude with World War I and World War II and features re-enactors from all over the UK.

Visitors can also enjoy colourful living history camps, watch dramatic presentations in the main arena and experience the music and dance of the 1940’s throughout both days.

Crowd favourite, the WWII spitfire, will also return in a daring arial display above the Fort on both the Saturday and the Sunday.

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager for Historic Scotland said;

“We delighted to be bringing Celebration of the Centuries to Fort George again this year.

“It’s a truly fantastic experience to see 2,000 years of history unfold before your eyes. You can be enjoying the 1940’s big band sounds at one minute, then turn a corner and be facing the guard of the roman empire!

“As well as the spectacular parade, living history camps and demonstrations, there are also lots of interactive activities to keep the whole family entertained.

“It’s just like having your own tardis and being able to step into the past!”

Tickets are available with a 10% discount online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk or alternatively can be purchased on the day.

(With thanks to Sean Conlon)

Chris

My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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