DEAFENING cannon and musket fire brought history to life as English Civil War battles were re-enacted in Hillsborough Park.
Hundreds of spectators watched as battle commenced, revealing a glimpse of what life was like in the 17th century.
Around 90 members of the Sealed Knot re-enactment society dressed in replica garments from a bygone age to duel between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers.
And a living history camp was set up in the park to demonstrate how ordinary people lived between 1642 and 1651.
Sealed Knot members talked to visitors about the food that was eaten, the clothes that were worn, the weapons that were used and the medicine available to treat casualties of war.
Military enthusiast Roland Brown, aged 83, of Stannington, said: “It is fascinating seeing history being brought back to life and giving you a sense of what it would have been like at the time.
“It must be amazing to children because the battles are such a spectacular sight.
“I had been to one before so when I heard about this one I really wanted to see it.”
Amanda Cassidy, 44, of Parson Cross, who is a Sealed Knot musketeer, said: “These re-enactment are all about reliving history and learning about what really happened.
“The battles and living history camps give you a different insight into history that you can’t get from a book.
“My daughter has been brought up with this and she astounds teachers with her knowledge!”
Suzzanne Hall, 44, of Hillsborough, said: “I don’t think kids fully understand and appreciate history, so to see and experience it like this is something different.”
Diana Roffey, of Nether Green, who took her 10-year-old son and his friend to the event, said: “The boys thoroughly enjoyed the battle - it linked in really well with what they are doing at school.
“I enjoyed the living history part, watching a blacksmith talking about bullets and a lady making lace. It was nice to see traditional skills being kept alive.”
Wayne Morton, the event co-ordinator, said: “All weekend we were camped out at the park and wandering around in our costumes talking to people about history - people find it fascinating.
“It’s like helping people to step back in time and bringing history back to life for them.”