LOOKING BACK: Eastbourne’s Waterloo spectacular

Gathering at the Redoubt Fortress to mark the famous battle of 1815
Gathering at the Redoubt Fortress to mark the famous battle of 1815

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo was celebrated at Eastbourne’s Redoubt.

More than 500 people attended for the open air performance of music, re-encactments and fireworks.

Music was provided by the Concert Band of The Royal British Legion, and included the 1812 Overture, a narrative written and given by Peter and Christopher Pyemont, backed up by a big screen showing film footage, maps and illustrations.

The charity event also included a champagne reception beforehand.

Money raised form the event will go to the ABF (The Soldiers Charity) and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne.

Organiser Keith Ross, chairman of the Sussex Combined Services Museum Trust, said, “The Redoubt is a most fitting venue to remember the Battle of Waterloo, as it was constructed in 1807 as part of the defence of Britain against the planned invasion by Napoleon.

“The presentation covered the lead up to the conflict, and the battle itself, explaining how Wellington’s remarkable victory over Napoleon changed the course of European history.”

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