Waterloo comes to the Wear for Durham Regatta

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There was no messing about on the river at this year’s Durham Regatta.

When it comes to celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the annual spectacular did it in style.

Durham Regatta

Durham Regatta

In the years after the battle, local Waterloo veterans would be given free ale at the regatta.

“We think it is from this event, that the tradition developed of Durham Regatta offering free ale to anyone who could prove that they had fought under Wellington at Waterloo” says Nigel van Zwanenberg, chairman of Durham Regatta.

“This year the regatta extended its promise to relatives and descendants of the Durham Waterloo men and we thought it only proper to commission a special Waterloo Ale for them, and everyone else who visits the regatta, to toast their memory.”

The special Waterloo Ale, brewed by Durham Brewery, was free to anyone at the weekend’s regatta who could prove their ancestors fought at Waterloo.