It was a weekend of extraordinary scenes in Crowland as the town turned back the clock to the 1643 English Civil War siege of their abbey.
Priest-in-charge the Rev Charles Brown joined the 200-plus ranks of the Sealed Knot Cittie of London Brigade to play the Rev Ram, the Spalding vicar kidnapped by the Royalist Crowland militia.
Spalding was Parliamentarian and the Rev Ram was later freed by Cromwell’s troops.
Colourful uniforms, canon, muskets and pikes have been in evidence in the town during a three-day encampment – and not just for the reenactments.
The Rev Mike Ongyerth, curate at the abbey, said one of the strangest sights he’s ever seen was a small group of militia in uniform queuing up for a late night kebab.
The event has so far raised £3,500 for the maintenance of the abbey. Mr Ongyerth said: “A huge thanks to everybody who took part, especially the people of Crowland. I though they were magnificent.”