48 years young!
Jouster, swordsman and historical actor at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
Andy Deane is Royal Armouries through and through. He performed for Her Majesty the Queen at the royal opening of the museum in March 1996 and has continued jousting and fighting in armour ever since. The museum has sent him to perform and train others in medieval combat all over the world, including America, Canada, Japan and Europe. Andy once said 'I'll retire from all this silly stuff when I'm 40 and get a proper job!' That was 8 years ago!
Andy first jousted at Temple Newsam, Leeds in 1993
Andy has won tournaments at Berkley Castle, Arundel Castle, Harewood House, Bodiam Castle. He is three times winner of the 'Sword of Honour' (Royal Armouries Team Captain) and is the current holder of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Trophy.
Style of jousting
Red shield with sword and 2 lion heads
'Fortis Labore' = 'Strong effort'
Type of armour worn
A late 15th-century ‘Gothic’ armour (Germanic style) with English influences.