THE ENGLISH Civil War was brought back to life on Sunday with a re-enactment in the heart of Winchester.

Members of the Sealed Knot came together outside the Westgate with displays of musket and pike drills every half hour.

Families were invited to attend to learn more about the life of a soldier during the Civil War. The day also saw the opening of the Westgate Museum for the new season, after its winter closure.

This year makes the 370th anniversary of the Battle of Cheriton, and next month (March 29-30) the Battle of Cheriton Project, in partnership with Hampshire Royal British Legion, has arranged for re-enactors to march 26 miles from Basing House, near Basingstoke, to the battle memorial near Bishop’s Sutton.