There seems to be some sort of magic about Castle Rising that always produces a great event and this August's bank holiday event was no exception. In fact, the custodian said that it was the best event he can remember in his 5 year tenure, his assistant who had been there even longer upgraded that to 8 years, which is high praise indeed considering the stonking events that we have put on at Castle Rising in the past. I think after our performances at Skipton and Castle Rising we can be rightly proud of how we have pushed on and improved in recent times.
I arrived on site on Saturday afternoon, already sunburnt during the drive over by the glorious sunshine that showed summer had finally arrived. We pitched the main camp inside the castle walls with the open display tents and arms and armour nearest to the public entrance. While we were setting up our six new recruits arrived and were introduced to the group, we quickly worked out the 6 degrees of separation - Ann, Francis and John from Derby; Gina joining independently from Derby she works on the same site as John; Elle returning to the UK did an event with us around 10 years ago at Barnard Castle, and her husband Heath who has been posting on this site longer than I have and is finally emigrating from OZ. In honour of the new arrivals from Australia and to make the most of the short summer, food on the Saturday evening consisted of a barbeque, we were planning to play cricket as well as we figured that between us twenty odd English men should be able to beat one aussie but the barbie went on longer than expected and bad light intervened.