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Redcoats take over Tilbury Fort

ON SUNDAY 16th February,fortnap visitors to Tilbury Fort were taken back in time to 1814 when the soldiers of the Duke of Wellington were stationed at the English Heritage site in Tilbury.

The 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot, one of the country’s premier Napoleonic re-enactment groups, spent the day drilling and firing their muskets, the famous “Brown Bess” used by the British army until the middle of the 19th Century.

This was actually one of the regiment’s monthly training events and the first to be held at this fantastic 17th Century Fort built during the reign of Charles II.

One of the Sharpe TV programmes, Sharpe’s Regiment, used the fort as a location for the episode and many of the features will be recognised from that film.

The 44th will be back at the fort on Sunday the 23rd March 2014, so if you fancy a great day out take the family along, explore the fort and get a whiff of gunpowder.

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