July 2012

July 10th

After a week of truly Biblical rains, we looked forward to the Kirkby Wharfe Village Gala on Saturday 7th with some trepidation. Would it be cancelled? Would the field be too waterlogged to set up the Frei Compagnie camp? Fortunately, the answer to both questions was 'No' - we arrived in misty coolness to find the nearby River Wharfe still safe behind its banks, and only one bog on the field - which Alex and I (see left) simply had to paddle in! Then, to everyone's great relief, the mist burned off, the sun came out and we all had a fantastic day. 'Newbie' Pete Lawton brought along his splendid stripy pavilion to house the weapon displays - his own impressive kit, plus Dave Moss's fantastic array of crossbows - though (thanks to a lost rivet and sadly drooping pauldron), minus Stuart (Lord Clifford's) full armour. We also had a yummy food display and goodly show of textile crafts, courtesy of Alex and Dawn; the Towton Battlefield Society pavilion; and a fine squad of archers and infantry to put on our firepower shows, give have-a-go archery lessons and lead the kiddies' bill-drill. And just before the obligatory downpour put a brief damper on our packing-up proceedings, we managed to end the day with a little silliness - as you'll see below!

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  Master Weaver drills his troops Fun in the sun - the 2012 Kirkby Wharfe squad Our lads cry, 'Thrang!'

  Below: a fine Frei Compagnie army musters.... ...to lay siege to Kirkby Wharfe Castle!

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