MEMBERS of Chester and Wirral-based Arabic dance troupe Ya Raqs are holding a fundraising event in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice, with a little help from ancient Rome.

The troupe, which regularly performs at events in the area with the Roman soldiers of Deva Victrix, is hosting an evening of Egyptian dance and Roman gladiators at Ellesmere Port Royal British Legion Club in Stanney Lane on Saturday at 7.30pm.

The event will begin with a Middle Eastern dance show, with performances by Ya Raqs and a number of local teachers.

The second half of the night will be a gladiator show, presided over by Caesar himself, with a chance for the audience to cheer on their favourite.

There will also be a raffle and buffet and a disco.

Tickets are £10 and must be bought in advance. Send a cheque, payable to A E Rowland, and an SAE to 14 Gaymoore Close, Chester CH2 1BH. Email: