Saturnalia: Chester, December 19th 2013
marching through the 'Newgate' (an Anglo-Saxon edifice south of the Roman wall). Musicians in bearskins led the men away from the ruins of the amphitheatre - this was not a night for fighting-
for them to assemble in the blue glow of the Cruise nightclub on St John's Street
with its appropriately-named shop illuminating a modern-day Bella Italia.
The soldiers were called to order
under the regard of a well-chosen caesar
their torches lit
the great god Saturn proclaimed
and the Lord of Misrule (captured on camera by Hodmandod Senior)
('Watch out, he's mad!) released to the crowds
and the procession of soldiers,
Romans and barbarians continued to the cross and the via praetoria (Bridge Street) for the start of the feasting.
This was the last of the Christmas processions though the streets of Chester. Now that the keys of the city have been transferred in the Winter Watch, the streets lit in the lantern parade and even the Roman god appeased, the citizens of Chester are free to enjoy Christmas in peace.