Romans re-take their fort

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Doncaster is being taken over by Roman soldiers this weekend.

A group of historical re-enactors in Roman costume will march in and set up camp on the site of the original fort of Danum - now the grounds of Doncaster Minster.

The event is part of a series of activities taking place for St Leger Week.

On Saturday, gladiators will march through the town centre before arriving in their arena in front of the Minster to do battle.

On Sunday children can join the Roman army, with uniforms and training provided. Over the weekend museum staff and archaeologists will be on hand with Roman artefacts found in Doncaster, including some from the recent excavations at Waterdale, and explain the importance of Danum.

Arabian dancers will also give performances.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “Most people don’t realise Doncaster has a 2,000-year history and is one of England’s very oldest towns, and a very important Roman settlement.

“This is a great chance to find out more about the town’s long and varied history.

“The Romans are just one of the highlights of the many events happening during St Leger Festival Week.”

Colin Joy, Doncaster Council’s tourism manager, added: “This promises to be a great weekend of activities for all the family.

“Visitors will be able to see the Roman army march through town on both days, as well as displays of drill, Roman coin making, and learning how to write their name in Latin script.”

The Romans will be in town from 10am-4pm on Saturday, and from 10am- 3pm on Sunday.