Battle re-enactment marks anniversary

BLACK powder shot billowed and the sound of rifle fire echoed through Harwich's Redoubt Fort at the weekend as re-enactors from Britian and Europe recreated a battle-scene to spectacular effect.

Roddy Ashworth

BLACK powder shot billowed and the sound of rifle fire echoed through Harwich's Redoubt Fort at the weekend as re-enactors from Britian and Europe recreated a battle-scene to spectacular effect.

The moats of the Redoubt Fort, which has stunning views over the town and its harbour, played host to troops and their families over the weekend as part of its 200 anniversary celebrations.

Built in 1808 to protect the famous and strategically important seaport against Napoleonic invasion, the Redoubt Fort is a listed national monument which has been painstakingly restored by local group The Harwich Society.


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With two re-enactment sessions - one yesterday and the other on Saturday - 40 soldiers took to the central parade, beginning with the marshal and ending with a highly realistic skirmish.

Troops came from as far afield as Belgium and the Netherlands and the King's German Legion was also represented - some of whose original members still lie buried at the nearby All Saints churchyard.

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