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Families go Roman for Lincoln fun day

Roman soldiers and gladiators took families on a journey through time as they took part in the Roman Family Fun Day in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter on Sunday, July 27.

The day was organised with the aim of contributing to a £250,000 fundraising mission for the Lincoln Boultham Park Capital Appeal.

Learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust are raising the money for the restoration of the park.

Organisers Barbara Moulson, Louise Cotton and Philip Barnatt from Linkage. Photo: Tony Barker
Organisers Barbara Moulson, Louise Cotton and Philip Barnatt from Linkage. Photo: Tony Barker

Visitors throughout the fun day learned about historic Lincoln by following the Roman trail through uphill Lincoln – led by the Ermine Street Guard.

The Ermine Street Guard lead the first visitors around the Roman Trail. Photo: Tony Barker
The Ermine Street Guard lead the first visitors around the Roman Trail. Photo: Tony Barker

Children challenged Celedus the Gladiator to tough battles and the day led to some marching drill and battle tips.

Young Tia puts Celedus the Gladiator through his paces. Photo: Tony Barker
Young Tia puts Celedus the Gladiator through his paces. Photo: Tony Barker

The trail came to an end at The Collection Museum, where children had a go at making their own battle armour.

Speaking on the day, Appeal Chairman Philip Barnatt says: “It’s been brilliant today, a really colourful spectacle for visitors and residents alike, and it was great to see so many children taking part in the drill exercises, as well as some tough combat for the gladiator.”

The next major event for the appeal is Friday Night Fever, a special 70s-style performance at Lincoln Drill Hall.