Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Of night and light and the half light

Could you have resisted if you'd read this:
"Light Up the Hill" on Wednesday 13th November 2013 
At 5pm we will process from Upper Wincobank Chapel through the woodlands and then on up to the Iron Age Hillfort on Wincobank Hill where we will find Queen Cartimandua of the Brigantes facing one of the greatest dilemma in British history.  Does she hand the rebel leader Caratacus over to the Romans - or encourage her people to rise in rebellion against the invaders? The flames will leap and hammers clang on the anvil as the Iron Age smiths forge the chains to bind the hero.  
or this?
A magical family walk back in time up to the Iron Age Hill Fort, ancient seat of power and domination over the Don Valley.Meet King Caratacus, Queen Cartimandua of the Brigantes and the Romans. Find out how metal was worked in prehistoric times. See the magical trees at night and the glittering city lights.Starting and finishing at Upper Wincobank Chapel, Wincobank Avenue, S5 6BB. Refreshments served at Wincobank Chapel on return. Wrap up warm and bring a torch!
So off we all marched.
Candles in jars and flags strung in the dark among the trees to guide the way.
Drums beating our path.
Children with paper lanterns aloft.
Sheffield spread out gloriously below us on both sides of the ridge.
An almost full moon high in the sky and a still, dark November night
pipers and fires
paper lanterns
and trouble betwixt Brigantes and Romans at t'top
 tales to tell
memories to take home
Totally magical

Big thank you to Friends of Wincobank Hill


  1. This looks like a brilliant way to bring history to life.

    1. It is! Our actors told the story brilliantly and got everyone involved in the type of "crowd participation" of ancient times.