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Armies march out of history onto the streets of Carlisle for The Living Frontier

May 12, 2009

An army of soldiers from different periods in the history of Hadrian’s Wall Country will march through Carlisle once again on Thursday 28th May.
Re-enactors representing Romans, Vikings and English Civil War soldiers will march from different parts of the city towards The Guildhall where they will be addressed by Emperor Hadrian, as time converges in the centre of Carlisle.
The event is part of The Living Frontier which will bring 2,000 years of history to life in vivid and spectacular detail during the spring half term from the 24th to the 31st of May at the historic sites along Hadrians Wall
Linda Tuttiett, the Chief Executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd, says: “The Living Frontier will be a series of colourful and action packed events right across Hadrian’s Wall Country from the mouth of the Tyne to the west coast of Cumbria.  The march in Carlisle will undoubtedly be one of the highlights and will provide a great spectacle both for local people and visitors to the city and help bring the Historic Quarter to life.”
The day’s events will also see more historical, as well as hysterical, performances.
Roman centurion Pompous Maximus and his devious slave Servillius Wretch will be turning up after years in the wilderness to check on how the Roman Empire is doing.
Queen Elizabeth the First will also be entertaining her subjects while Francis Drake tries on a regular basis to conquer Spain, if he could just work out where it was.  One of the best re-enactment groups in the country, their performance is described as ‘more Blackadder than Glenda Jackson’.
The Living Frontier events will be taking place all along Hadrian’s Wall during the half term holidays. The programme is being managed by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd as part of culture10’s programme of world-class festivals and events for North East England and has been extended westwards into Cumbria through the support of Carlisle Renaissance.
Carol Bell, Head of Programme Development for culture10 said “we are proud to have been involved in the embryonic plans for such an ambitious project as part of our Landscape and Heritage theme for the year. We are delighted to see how the vision and partnerships has evolved to deliver such an exciting programme of events for all the family.”
Bryan Gray, Chair of Carlisle Renaissance, said: “Carlisle Renaissance is delighted to support the Living Frontier events, as part of our push to raise the profile of Carlisle’s rich heritage and 2000 year history, with the Historic Quarter as its showcase. I’d urge anyone with an interest in heritage or culture to come along and explore the Living Frontier events and the city, and see for themselves what Carlisle has to offer.”
The highlight of The Living Frontier events will be a ninety minute pageant at Tynedale Rugby Ground in Corbridge on Saturday 30th May at 8.00pm.  The event will bring together all the re-enactors and their frontier stories in a spectacular show of music, drama, and technical wizardry that creates a journey through the mists of time to witness two battles, a wedding and a funeral.

 Tickets for the pageant will cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.  Anyone who buys a ticket for the event will save 50% on admission charges over the weekend at all the other venues where the Living Frontier events are taking place.

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