A re-enactment group is excited to be returning to Dover Castle, and is looking for new members.
The historic building has hosted the 1st Foot Guards for 15 years, with redcoated enthusiasts meeting for the first time since the lockdown on Sunday, May 2.
During their gatherings, members perform manoeuvres, music and musketry from two centuries ago.
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The re-enactors are devoted to giving a historically accurate impression of the regiment in 1815, when the famous regiment helped win the Battle of Waterloo.
Every item of uniform down to the buttons and plumes is carefully studied and, equipped with flintlock muskets, they have taken part in ‘battles’ right across Europe.
Often lining up with thousands of fellow redcoats and sleeping in canvas tents, the troop has taken part in events in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
People of all ages are welcome to the family-friendly community and the band can be joined by musicians old or new.
Senior drummer Jack West-Sherring said: “Re-enacting is the best form of escapism: it strips away modern comforts and takes you back to basics.
“It is ideal for building lifelong friendships and learning new skills.”
Participants can learn and play the fife, drum or bugle – the 1st Foot’s youngest ‘drummer boy’, Jack, joined at six-years-old and is now learning a range of instruments.
The group is also available for school visits, weddings, fetes and other private events.
They meet at 10am on the first Sunday of every month, gathering at Dover Castle’s upper car park behind the Officer’s Mess.
For more information on joining or booking them, visit the group’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, both entitled ‘His Majesty’s 1st Foot Guards 1815’.
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