Local youngsters are pictured receiving tips on heading into battle from some of the Roman Army’s finest Centurions.
The children met he members of the Antonine Guard, who were at the Pictavia visitor centre on the outskirts of Brechin over the weekend of July 30/31, doing their bit to mend the 2000-year-old rift between the Picts and the Romans.
As part of their ‘entente cordiale’, the Roman Centurions told visitors to Pictavia about life in the Roman Army and even invited them to join in with an impromptu training exercise – an offer which was readily accepted by many of the younger visitors, who were from as far afield as Aberdeen, Glasgow and even New Zealand!
“Amongst other activities at Pictavia on the Saturday and Sunday, the Centurions were on hand to instruct visitors on how to wear the chain mail and helmets that helped protect the Roman Army and also helped them brush up their sword and shield skills,” said Cara Roberts of Pictavia, the visitor centre which tells the story of the Picts, once the mightiest of Scotland’s ancient warrior tribes.
“The Antonine Guard proved to be very entertaining and informative and they’ve certainly helped to improve the Romans’ image in this part of the country, which is quite a feat as Angus was once the stronghold of their bitter enemies, the Picts.”