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Vikings – Formby Viking Medieval Market 2014
Sat 4 October 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm£1.00
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What can we say?
This year, we thought we’d get ahead of the game by setting up most of the site on the Friday, including two ten-stall trader canopies we’d purchased during the year to cover stalls on the medieval field.
Saturday morning came and brought the torrential rain with it had collapsed our two trader canopies, so a team of volunteers got stuck in at 7:00am and had the structure back up by 9:00am – then a brief tornado ripped through the site, lifted both structures, twisted them and dumped them into the brambles! Game over and twenty tables now needed elsewhere on site – panic!
Fortunately, various local groups, most notably the Scouts, and quite a few traders, had supplied ample tent coverage in the Viking field and we were able to accommodate everyone. By mid-morning the sun was shining, and we were under way with one of the best events we have ever had. For the first time we charged ‘one gold piece’ (a Danegeld one pound) on the door and this year’s attendance was over 1000 people in 6 hours.
On the up-side, my tent destruction blues were dispelled by the great family atmosphere amongst traders and the good folks of Formby, and by several small ‘thank you gifts’ traders gave me throughout the day (you know who you are) which makes doing this all the more worthwhile. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day rise from an impending tragedy to a glorious triumph.