Gallery: Fort turns back the clock

LANDGUARD Fort at Felixstowe kicked off its new season of activities with a living history weekend.

LANDGUARD Fort at Felixstowe kicked off its new season of activities with a living history weekend.

The 95th Rifles set up camp in the grounds of the monument overlooking Harwich Harbour.

Members of the camp demonstrated life for soldiers during Napoleonic times with re-enactments including training and drill, and parades inside the grounds and central courtyard of the fort.

There were also demonstrations depicting daily life with a period encampment consisting of tents, equipment, cooking methods and utensils used at the time.

The 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot was first formed in 1800 as an experimental corps of riflemen to act as skirmishers, thinking for themselves, against Napoleon's French armies.

They were expected to use natural cover, operating in pairs, to harass the enemy with accurately aimed shots like snipers, rather than releasing a mass volley, which was the usual method of warfare with rifles.

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Further living history weekends are planned at the fort at half-term in April and October, and the Sealed Knot will be visiting in July to mark Darell's Day, the annual celebration of the last time England was invaded by a foreign force, Felixstowe's unique place in the nation's history.

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