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Rockhampton Vikings hit the road hard in New South Wales

WHEN Rockhampton jarl (the Norse word for chieftain) Greg Moore and his boys hit the road, they do it hard.

At least that's how those who prefer the luxuries of a fully-furnished home nowadays would see it.

However, unlike his boys (the term to describe the men in his Viking group) who have to sleep on the ground with nothing but a woollen fleece to keep warm, Greg is entitled to the extra comfort of a wooden bed.

Over the Easter break, Greg and the Rockhampton Viking re-enactment group, New Varangian Guard Silistra, set their troops up to converge onto a pine forest at Armidale in New South Wales, for a four-day dark ages event.

The event in question was an authentic Viking affair that only allowed on-site clothing, food, sports and pastimes from the Dark Ages, which resulted from the decline of the Roman Empire.

You can always tell a strong Rockhampton Viking with his blue shield and white cross.

The Armidale forest last weekend reeked of smoked pork over an open fire, while clanging steel echoed and hundreds of Viking re-enactors, from across Australia, donned their chain mail, steel armour, woollen garments and goat skin boats.

"We only ate pig on the spit, stews and used wooden crockery," he said.

Greg said the Rockhampton group was almost 20-strong, but more people were welcome to join.

The group trains every Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm, at Kershaw Gardens.

If you would like to join the Viking group call Greg on 0417159606.

Topics:  armidale, rockhampton, vikings



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