One of our musketeers, Denise, tells us why she loves re-enacting the English Civil War

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One of our musketeers, Denise, explains why she loves picking up her gun (which is a ‘she’, by the way) and marching onto the battlefield…

1.Your role in the regiment
Sergeant of Musket

2. Why did you join?
I joined because it was the silliest, funniest thing I’d ever experienced in my life! My best mate and I were convinced to go along on a temporary membership for one weekend. We were both doing exams in uni at the time, and were living in different parts of the country, so we didn’t see much of each other. We went along thinking it’d be a nice chance to catch up with each other, and we weren’t wrong! Once we got onto that camp site we forgot all about exams, worries, stresses and had a ridiculous amount of fun. It was like a museum came to life in the middle of a music festival.

For the first few years it was all about the social aspect, but with time I got involved in the battling part, and got licenced as a musketeer. Ten years on I’m still loving it, finding weekends with Manchesters a great escape from work and the stresses of everyday life.

3. What do you love most about Manchester’s?
We have a fantastic mix of people, everything from young families to singletons to older members, it’s like my second family.

4. What do you enjoy about the battles?
My gun 🙂 At this stage I know her well and can rely on her in rain, hail and snow, and I’ve shot in all three! There’s quite a science to musketry so there’s great satisfaction on getting through a battle with no misfires and no mishaps. Apart from that, I enjoy picking out people I know in the opposition and having a good tussle with them when we go in to hand-to-hand battle. The sillier the better.

5. What’s your favourite kind of socialising at SK events, whether Beer Tent or campfire?
As I have to dress as a man during the day, it’s great to get into ladies kit in the evening and take a trip to the beertent. There’s usually music of some sort, and we’ll normally end up dancing to it. Once kicked out of the beertent, we’ll make our way to a campfire or a gathering somewhere to chat even more. Eventually I’ll have to go to bed, and will wake up saying I should have gone to bed earlier.

6. Do you have a story that sums up being in Manchester’s?
Not hailing from the UK, before I joined Manchesters, I really didn’t appreciate how beautiful the UK countryside is. My work takes me all over the world, and I often land back from the other side of the world and within 24 hours am sitting in the middle of a field, with no sounds, no worries, no stresses, and with a big grin on my face. With people from all walks of life in the regiment, conversations can range from the benefits of cheese to the political situation in the middle east. It never fails to keep me laughing.

Discover more about what it’s like to be a musketeer in the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote by visiting our musket page. Join up now and discover how much fun you’re missing out on by e-mailing manchesterspr@ymail.com today!

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