The lights may have gone out - but organisers of a medieval fair coped with being thrust back into the Dark Ages to make sure the show could go on.
The power supply to Ludlow Castle was lost due to an electrical fault which affected the town centre for much of the first day of the town’s annual medieval Christmas fair.
Organisers were forced to close the castle for two hours as darkness fell on Saturday before a generator was rigged up to ensure musical performances planned during the evening could go ahead.
Thousands of people descended on the town for the two-day event – many dressed up in medieval costume to get into the spirit of the occasion.
Attractions included battles between jousting knights, while themed musicians also played in the grounds of the castle. There were also more than 100 craft and gift stalls.
Organiser Prue Dakin said it was not yet known how many people had visited the fair over the weekend, but added the power cut had not dampened spirits on Saturday.
She said: “The weekend was absolutely fantastic overall.
“We had some issues with the power on Saturday as the power was off at the centre of town. There was some sort of dramatic power failure so one of the lines of power coming into the castle was down and we lost electricity.
“But we got a small generator and so we were able to run enough lights for it to be safe to carry on.
“We had to stop people coming in for a couple of hours so it did curtail some of what we had planned. But our musicians and entertainers were absolutely fantastic – we had some very atmospheric medieval music and dancing going on in the end.”
She said activities at the fair yesterday included a children’s tent and stage sword fighting demonstrations.
“There were lots of people there and it was lovely and bright which is always nice,” said Mrs Dakin. “The 10ft giants went down a storm. The children’s faces when they saw them were a sight to behold.
“We had the Plantagenet Combat Knights sword fighting performance which was fantastic and we also had a new demonstration of stage sword fighting which is very different and it’s interesting for people to see.
“A few people were pulled up on stage to learn a few basic moves. We had a children’s activity tent where they could learn brass rubbing and circus skills which they seemed to really enjoy.”
A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said the company had supplied two generators to make sure the medieval fair could go ahead as planned while engineers worked to fix the electrical fault.