Medieval knights set up camp at our Illawarra Home and showed off their sword fighting skills during recent Father’s Day celebrations.

The fully costumed 15th century Company of the Cross group from Kiama brought history to life at Ridgeview Aged Care in Albion Park, and staff, residents and families joined in by dressing up in medieval attire.

The knights, made all their uniforms and were all volunteers, explained to residents and visitors the different armour through history, its effectiveness and improvements.

Residents tried on helmets and armour and posed for photos with the knights, who also performed live sword fight demonstrations.

The Knights also roamed the corridors and visited residents in their rooms.

Volunteer and Pastoral Care Coordinator Michelle Bonner said everyone appreciated the enthusiasm from the visiting knights.

“What a surprise they got and smiles with delight. They were a captivated audience as they learnt about armour and the history of fighting and what each piece of armour was used for,” she said.

Ridgeview also held its first ever Resident Art Auction on the day, where 50 canvasses painted by residents were sold to the highest bidders.

Care manager Helen was the auctioneer and sold ever last piece with humour and laughs along the way.

There was also a huge medieval cake that was cut by the knights with their swords.

“Thank you to all the staff who worked tirelessly leading up to and on the day, volunteers who assisted with the barbecue and craft stalls and for the Medieval Knight at The Company of the Cross for volunteering their Saturday to make our day so much fun,” Michelle said.