Roman Britain invasion

EMBARGOED to 0001 Monday August 23'Undated handout of academic Dr Lindsay Allason-Jones on Greek influenced Grey Street in Newcastle city centre. With the 2004 Olympic Games in full swing and the eyes of the world on Athens, a new study, Sunday August 22, 2004 reveals the influence of the ancient Greeks upon the UK. Their importance is much stronger than many people might imagine and it often crops up in the most unlikely places, according to archaeology experts at Newcastle University. See PA story HERITAGE Greeks. PA Photo/Newcastle University
EMBARGOED to 0001 Monday August 23'Undated handout of academic Dr Lindsay Allason-Jones on Greek influenced Grey Street in Newcastle city centre. With the 2004 Olympic Games in full swing and the eyes of the world on Athens, a new study, Sunday August 22, 2004 reveals the influence of the ancient Greeks upon the UK. Their importance is much stronger than many people might imagine and it often crops up in the most unlikely places, according to archaeology experts at Newcastle University. See PA story HERITAGE Greeks. PA Photo/Newcastle University

A fascinating insight into the lives of the Women of Roman Britain awaits visitors and members of the newly-formed Lytham St Annes Classical Association when members meet for the first time on Thursday October 2, at AKS Lytham with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The first lecture of the new Lancashire branch is being delivered by top Roman Empire expert Lindsay Allason-Jones OBE from the University of Newcastle, who is also a leading figure in the archaeology of the North of England especially Hadrian’s Wall.

The Lytham St Annes Classical Association was set up by Katrina Kelly, just 17-years-old, making her the youngest person to ever form a branch since the Association started in 1903.

Katrina said: “Members and schools have been so enthusiastic and generous with their time and skills, offering to help run the meetings and promote the Association throughout Lancashire.”

The association is on target for having an outstanding 100 founder members – an amazing achievement in just three months since its launch in July.

Katrina added: “We couldn’t have met the challenge of establishing a brand new branch in three months without their support and the willingness of the lecturers to travel from all around the country to Lytham and St Annes, the backing of the Oxford University Outreach Programme, the personal support of our President, Dr Michael Scott, and the vital assistance of AKS.”

Since setting up the branch, Katrina has been thrilled with the response.

She said: “We really hope people will enjoy our first lecture and spread the word about the new branch. It only costs £12 a year which includes entrance to seven monthly lectures.”