HEROIC knights, magnificent birds of prey and traditional games and entertainment will bring medieval magic to a North-East town next month.

Now in its 44th year, Sedgefield Medieval Fair regularly attracts more than 1,000 people from across the region.

This year, the fun will begin at 10am on Saturday, May 17, when the children’s tableau begins its colourful journey to the green.

This will be followed by a host of fun activities throughout the day, including combating knights, courtesy of The Dawn of Chivalry, falconry displays, a tug-o-war contest and a performance by Acle Living History.

Morris and other dancers will perform and there will be a fancy dress competition, face painting, Punch and Judy shows and other entertainment on the Green and Ceddesfeld Hall Park.

Other highlights will include craft and food stalls, traditional fairground rides, a grand raffle and the chance to experience the views from St Edmund’s Church tower.

Volunteers are needed to help with a range of tasks on the day, from reading out announcements over the loud speaker system; to compering the Tug-of-War competition and helping to set up.

Chairman of the fair committee, Dr Wendy Gill said: “The fair, this year, is facing challenges as never before. It is organised by a very small group and it relies heavily on volunteers to ensure its success.”

To get involved, contact Dr Gill on 01740-620042 or Councillor John Robinson on 01740-620042.