Bexhill set to mark landmark anniversay of famous battle

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Bexhill is set to join in the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with an exhibition and a special Waterloo Day.

The program of events is being organised by local history society The Bexhill Hanoverian Study Group (BHSG) and it is also asking for members of the public to give their ideas on how the event should be marked.

John Dear, of the BHSG, told the Observer: “In Bexhill during the course of 2014 there has emerged a determination to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo which arrives on Thursday 18 June 2015.

“Besides an opportunity to celebrate the final defeat of the French army under Emperor Napoleon in one of history’s most important battles, there is a desire to highlight Bexhill’s connection with the battle, namely the Kings German Legion.

“The Kings German Legion (KGL) was one of the most expert units of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars 1804 – 1815, and their barracks in Bexhill led to a range of fascinating and intimate contacts involving the whole town. “

Following discussions with the Old Town Preservation Society (BOTPS) and Bexhill Museum , the group has planned two great events.

From April to August an exhibition will be held at Bexhill Museum, organised by curator Julian Porter.

Then on June 20 Waterloo Day will be held at Manor Barn hall and grounds Saturday 20 June afternoon and evening.

The event will be organised by representatives of BHSG and BOTPS and planned attractions include a Waterloo concert and victory ceilidh with the New Scorpion Band.

It is also hoped that the good folk of Bexhill will come up with some more ideas for other activities in the town and their contributions will be be welcomed at the BHSG’s next general forum in the Education room at Bexhill Museum on Monday 19 January at 2pm.

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