'Killing Romans Is Merely My Hobby' It's History in the Making for Re-Enactors

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'Killing Romans Is Merely My Hobby' It's History in the Making for Re-Enactors


Byline: Tony Henderson

TWO women from Tyneside are preparing for battle on Hadrian's Wall. Rosie Serdiville and Sarah-Jayne Goodfellow will be joining hundreds of other re-enactors in the Living Frontier events along Hadrian's Wall until Sunday.

Rosie, 52, a retired consumer rights worker from Newcastle, admits to enjoying assassinating Romans as a hobby.

She said: "I'm often cast as a Celtic woman and it's good to show people that these women could stand up for themselves.

"It's also a chance to make history come alive and can be a very powerful learning tool." Rosie is a member of the Time Bandits - a group of historical re-enactors from Newcastle.

They will be at the Roman Army Museum near Haltwhistle until Sunday to re-enact scenes from frontier life .

Fellow bandit Sarah-Jayne Goodfellow, 44, is a receptionist at an architectural practice in the Newcastle. She said: "The Living Frontier event is a real chance for people to learn about history in a way they never did at school." As members of the re-enactment society Regia Anglorum, married couple Liz and Richard Walsh from Durham, play the parts of Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Welsh and Norman people.

For the Living Frontier Regia Anglorum will recreate a Viking encampment within the walls of Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields. …

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