By Angus Hoy
Tuesday 05 Mar 2013 14:14:00
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Young people have been taking a step back in time and exploring the area’s rich Viking heritage.

Members of the Junior Ormesby Beck Friendship Group have been learning all about the past of Ormesby Beck by helping with Viking-themed community arts projects to improve the area.

Orme is a Viking word meaning dragon or serpent, and new artworks installed along improved paths and cycleways reflect this.

A metal sculpture of Orme the Viking was unveiled last year and now dominates the area, along with dragon-shaped metal benches.

Highlights of the project included a half term day trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, which coincided with Viking festivals around the city to celebrate its Viking origins.

Berwick Hills Community Worker Catherine Hughes said: “The young people gained a great insight into the Viking past of North Yorkshire and the North East coast and the contribution they made to the development of York in particular.

“The visit brought history to life, especially the smells of the time!”

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