Medieval history comes to life at Bradford's Bolling Hall

LIVING HISTORY: Des Thomas waits as he prepares to fire a musket

MUSICAL: Amanda Lowe and Quentin Budworth from the East Yorkshire Grinnigogs playing music of the period

ATTACK: Stuart Ivinson and Dean Davidson recreate battles and fighting styles

TECHNOLOGY: Des Thomas talks about the Crossbow as a weapon

PLAY TIME: Amandeep Singh Gill try a helmet while brother Kai Singh Gill tries out a sword

MISCHIEVIOUS: From left, Amandeep Singh Gill and brother, Kai Singh Gill, get carried away with history while Amarpreet Kaur Gill keeps the boys in check.

HISTORIC: Stuart Ivinson and Dean Davidson chatting about the period

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THE sights, sounds and smells of the bloody Wars of the Roses came to life as a chapter of Yorkshire’s medieval history was relived at Bradford's Bolling Hall.

Actors in medieval costume pitched up camp to turn back time for all the families and visitors who visited to get a taste of what life was really like all those years ago.

Members of the Frei Compagnie and the Towton Battlefield Society offered people the chance to get hands on and see for themselves what it would have been like to live and fight during the disruptive conflict that was fought over 30 years in the 15th century.

The weekend included archery demonstrations, knights in combat and even medieval guns being fire - there was also opportunities to see how birds of prey were used.

Medieval music, food and medicines of the day were all covered by the free activities during the event which ran yesterday and today.

Hannah Clark, 26, from Swainhouse, was just one of the re-enactment group - along with her grandfather Desmond Thomas - who time travel, last weekend they were in Southern Ireland.

"It's fun. I've been doing this since I was a baby. re-living history is exciting," she said.

Meanwhile in Otley the town's carnival parade was cheered by crowds lining the streets and enjoying the sun. It took about half-an-hour for the procession to pass through the town led by the town crier and a pipe band.

Themes included Disney favourites, Star Wars and World War II while more music was provided by steel band and brass band.

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11:58am Mon 23 Jun 14

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Mr Tempest ,
BOWLING HALL
Hello , Invited a few friends round this weekend, opend the house and had a party .Sorry not to hae seen you ,but then again ,forgot to tell anyone .
Heard you had a ball in otley, well publicised i bet ,Still must do our best with what weve got .
Ps glad when gardener gets back from his 13 Wk sick leave ,felt quite ashamed .
Mr Tempest , BOWLING HALL Hello , Invited a few friends round this weekend, opend the house and had a party .Sorry not to hae seen you ,but then again ,forgot to tell anyone . Heard you had a ball in otley, well publicised i bet ,Still must do our best with what weve got . Ps glad when gardener gets back from his 13 Wk sick leave ,felt quite ashamed . single
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