ROMAN soldiers will march to town as part of an annual festival.

Tomorrow, at 1pm, soldiers from Quinta, the fifth cohorts of Gaul, will march from Segedunum Roman Fort, in Wallsend, to the town centre.

The event will form part of a weekend of celebrations, which was also held last year, including street entertainers, martial arts displays, dance and craft demonstrations, and live music at the Forum Shopping Centre bandstand.

There will be a children's fairground in the Coronation Club car park, and at Segedunum, riders from Newcastle's speedway team will be on hand to entertain visitors, alongside military displays and vintage vehicles.

John Fleet, town centre manager for Wallsend, said: "Tomorrow and Sunday will be a great day out for all the family, with live bands, children's entertainers and the odd Roman soldier or two."

Bill Griffiths, curator at Segedunum, said: "We are proud to play such an active role in the festival given that the fort and Hadrian's Wall gave the town its name.

"There will be lots to see and do during the weekend, and I'm sure those who come to Wallsend will have a great day out."