Inspired tribute to battle heroes

Musical Re-enactment of the 33rd at the Battle of Waterloo.
Musical Re-enactment of the 33rd at the Battle of Waterloo.

Bayonets were drawn and instruments played at a musical re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo.

The bloody battle on June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies.

And it was a major turning point in European history which put an end to Napoleon’s ambitions to rule much of Europe.

Last week celebrated the 200th anniversary of the battle and a musical re-enactment was held at Manor Heath Park, Halifax, on Saturday evening to mark the event.

It featured the Duke of Wellington’s 33rd Regiment, which traditionally recruited from Halifax, and the Yorkshire Regiment Band also performed.

Major David Harrap, who directed the re-enactment, said: “It was wonderful to be able to put something on which explained to people what happened, why it happened and the sheer courage of the young men who fought in that battle.

“It’s a massive part of Calderdale’s history.”