Veni, et visita Camulodunum suus 'pulchra hoc anni tempus*

A Roman greets commuters at Liverpool Street Station Credit: Visit Colchester

*Hopefully that means "Come visit Colchester - It's lovely this time of year!'

Apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

A pretty great marketing wheeze for a start! As Commuters at Liverpool Street were can testify as a mini-invasion took place at the London station yesterday.

Surely that train departs at X XXXVIII?

The Roman soldiers were there promoting Colchester as a tourism destination.

It follows the installation of new signs welcoming people to the the town.

The signs are designed to clearly inform visitors of the town's heritage - that it was the first city in Britain.

Colchester was established as the first Roman colony in their new province of Britain in about AD49. It's likely, its formal name was Colonia Claudia Victricensis, which loosely translates as City of Victory.

Yesterday's marketing exercise was designed to encourage as many people as possible to come and explore Colchester for themselves.