15.07.17~ The Viking Parade

Last Saturday, instead of the usually traffic travelling through Chepstow’s town centre, there was a parade of Vikings. The high street was filled with the banging of drums, the laughs and shouts of excited spectators. Reenactors were kitted out in the traditional Norse attire, playing music and shouting loudly, embodying everything one would expect from a group of middle aged Viking men and women. 950 years, the castle has stood upon hill, overlooking the wye. There is some irony in how greatly the castle is being celebrated, nearly a millennium after it was built, when its purpose was to supress the Welsh living on that side of the border. Despite all of this, the anniversary of this castle is serving a better purpose than it was made for, bringing together the community that is divided by the Wye.

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