The Battle of Waterloo was fought two hundred years ago this week and its firm connection with Bexhill in the form of the King’s German Legion is remembered and celebrated by events and exhibitions in Bexhill Old Town on Saturday June 20.
Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society holds a free exhibition in Barrack Hall 10am to 4pm from Friday 19 - Sunday 21.
The exhibition shows what Bexhill looked like 200 years ago and what was going on in the wider world at that time.
On Saturday from 12 to 6 pm at the Manor Barn and BLODS Hall tells the story of the King’s German Legion infantry, their barracks in the Old Town, of how they mixed with Bexhillians, and went off to make vital contributions to Wellington’s allied army victory over Napoleon.
Folk band the ‘New Scorpion Band’ will be using actors to tell the story in words and music.
Hands on History makes available army uniforms to try on and weapons to explore. Information includes a model of the battlefield with a slide show and a DVD explaining what happened at Waterloo.
Refreshments include soldiers’ lunch, and the bar will be open.
At 1pm, at the Manor Barn, Peter Cole will give a slide show entitled ‘Bexhill and Kings German Legion’.
The Duke of Wellington and Napoleon will preside over the formal opening at 2pm.
The New Scorpion Band will be in concert from 3.30pm - 4.10pm and DVD screenings take place from 2.45pm - 3.15pm and 4.30pm - 5pm.
Waterloo Day is organised by the Bexhill Hanoverian Study Group. Manor Barn is sponsored by the Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society.
The exhibition at Bexhill Museum on Bexhill and the King’s German Legion continues.
For more information on the event visit www.bexhillhanoveriankgl.co.uk.
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