Photo here courtesy of Dale Miles

Chester Roman Festival - the biggest Roman event of the year. As luck would have it, also an extremely wet one.

We had a good turnout of riders - riding on Saturday was Nobiscum, Tiberius, Fronto, and this was the first outing for Bahram as well (who felt more at home with the Byzantines than he did with our own late Romans!). On the Sunday we had Tiberius, Anthony, Fronto, and Bahram again who headed the parade with a Persian banner (I'm sure if the Emperor had seen this, he may have phrased his speech slightly differently!) Behind the first row rode Fronto carrying the draco as well. Fronto was dressed in Sarmatian paraphernalia, carrying a belt with a Sarmatian tamga and a ring-pommel sword, (and a captured Roman helmet) and will no doubt be expanding his Sarmatian equipment as the months go by. The Roman riders were almost in the minority!

Unfortunately the event was too wet on both days for the horses to stay saddled up and for our cavalrymen to ride around the site, and we were unable to put a show on as well. A huge number of other groups turned up and we were all made very welcome - by the hosts and organisers, the other groups and participants, and especially the public on the parade.

Saturday night saw the team enjoying the hog roast and lots and lots of chocolate crepes (what can I say, turns out both Romans and Persians had a bit of a sweet-tooth!). And it also turns out the concept of traffic lights is a little too modern for them as well (although fortunately the parade had police escorts).

More photos of the riders at the event, and of other groups at the event as well, can be found in the image gallery below. The impressions of our riders will continue to be worked upon and expanded as well. 

We would like to thank Paul Harston and the organisers for giving us the opportunity to ride at their event again, and also special thanks to photographers Dale Miles, Daniel Cumisky, Damian Becton, David Flockton, Claire Chamberlain, and Steve J O'Brien for allowing us to post their photographs in our gallery below (yes, we need to get a group photographer!)

These are photos of the riders. If you have an image you would like to send in for inclusion on our website or Facebook page or group, please do get in touch at romanorum.HAT@hotmail.co.uk

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