Tales of gods and goddesses at Roman fort

Story time, from left, David Silk, Rachel Charlton-Buglass, Connor Buglass and Mica Hind.
Story time, from left, David Silk, Rachel Charlton-Buglass, Connor Buglass and Mica Hind.

Visitors to South Tyneside’s own Roman Fort were also taken back in time at the weekend.

Arbeia, in Baring Street, South Shields, hosted a gods and goddesses event across the bank holiday.

It was inspired by the discovery of the bust of a Roman goddess at the fort last year.

It was of Brigantia, the protecting goddess of the Brigantes tribe that inhabited northern Britain during Roman times.

Visitors on Saturday were entertained by stories of Roman and Greek gods by Mica Hind and David Silk from Newcastle-bases storytelling group The Moss Troopers.

Rachel Charlton-Buglass, from South Shields, enjoyed hearing the tales along with her son, Connor Buglass, six, a pupil at St Bede’s RC Primary, in South Shields.

She said: “We loved hearing the storytelling and we’ve really enjoyed our visit.

“We visit quite regularly.”

Brigantia is said to have been worshipped in South Shields, and in 1895, an altar dedicated to her was also found at Arbeia, 100m away from the recent discovery.