There were Roundheads and Cavaliers, canons and muskets, servants and wenches - and even a lord and lady.
Unfortunately, Oliver Cromwell wasn’t available.
Even so, a re-enactment of the siege of Bolingbroke Castle proved to be a rip-roaring success.
The siege was one of the earliest clashes in the English Civil War, a prelude to the Battle of Winceby where Cromwell was almost killed.
It took place in 1643 and to celebrate the 370th anniversary, the Friends of Bolingbroke Castle decided to ‘turn back the clock.’
Helped by members of the Sealed Knot Society and a Living History Group, they staged a two-day re-enactment of the siege and it attracted more than 700 people.
John Farrow, chairman of the Friends of Bolingbroke Castle, said: “It was a tremendous success and everyone enjoyed certainly themselves.”
As far as possible, the action replicated what happened in 1643 when the castle surrendered to Parliamentary forces.
Apart from the actual ‘fighting’. there were a whole range of other attractions including a parade through the village.
Mr Farrow added: “A lot of hard work went into organising the event and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed.
“It was designed to promote both the village and the castle and we achieved that.
“We were very lucky with the weather but we went for a date in October because that’s when the original siege took place.”
The Friends stage a major event every year and are currently discussing proposals for 2014.