LOOKING BACK: Redoubt to mark Waterloo bicentenary

The 35th Foot - British infantry who served at Waterloo
The 35th Foot - British infantry who served at Waterloo

Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress will be marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a special musical event, plus fireworks, and period re-enactments in September.

It will be a spectacular and atmospheric evening of music on Saturday September 5, provided by the Concert Band of The Royal British Legion, to include the 1812 Overture, narrative written and given by Peter and Christopher Pyemont, backed up by a big screen showing film footage, maps and illustrations.

There will be a Last Night of the Proms type finale with Land of Hope and Glory plus fireworks.

Re-enactors from the 79th Cameron Highlanders will be taking part in period uniforms, with a living history display which will include musket firing.

They will also be in the parade ground on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning giving displays of drill, cookery, and medical techniques of the period.

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 will cover the lead up to the conflict, and the battle itself, explaining how Wellington’s remarkable victory over Napoleon changed the course of European history.

“The Redoubt would like to invite any descendants of soldiers who fought in The Waterloo Campaign to the event, and will be pleased to give them complimentary tickets.

“Any descendants should apply to The Redoubt Fortress giving full details.”

The evening will support The ABF (The Soldiers Charity) and St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne.

Tickets cost £15 for the concert from 7.45-9pm or £30 to include a special drinks reception beforehand from 6.15pm.

The Military Museum and Gift Shop will be open before and after the concert, and the Outpost Cafe will be open for snacks and drinks.

For information and tickets contact The Redoubt Fortress on 410300 or visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk

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