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Big Birthday, Skilled Soldiers and Spectacular Sights - Ermine Street Guard marks 35th Anniversary at Roman Military Spectacular

The Ermine Street Guard has become a familiar sight at the Roman Military Spectacular, Caerleon, South Wales. But this year’s event (7 and 8 July 2007) will be of greater significance for the soldiers as the Guard celebrates its 35th Birthday.

The National Roman Legion Museum is honoured the Guard is returning to the spectacular event, exactly 35 years since the eight founder members of the society first paraded at the historical pageant in the combined Gloucestershire villages of Witcombe and Bentham.

"We have developed a good relationship with the Ermine Street Guard – a relationship which spans over 20 years,” said Bethan Lewis, Manager, National Roman Legion Museum. “The Guard attended the re-opening of the Museum in 1987!

“The soldiers’ involvement in the Roman Military Spectacular helps to bring history alive, making it easier for people from the local community and beyond to understand how Romans fought, worked and lived. The event is guaranteed to give you an authentic taste of life in Roman times.”

Held from 10am - 5pm on 7 and 8 July 2007, the Roman Military Spectacular includes something for everyone – from soldiers, cavalry, artillery and civilians to sampling Roman food and meeting a Roman doctor. The amphitheatre will also host a junior and junior junior legion for the younger guests.

Tickets can be booked in advance by contacting the National Roman Legion Museum on 01633 423 134 and cost Adults £4, Concessions £2, Family £10. Further information on the event and how to find us is available at

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven national museums across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales celebrates its centenary in 2007.  For more details go to the 07 pages on our website


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