The Ashton district of Waterloo, which dates back to the early 19th century and takes its name from Wellington’s famous victory over Napoleon, is hosting two events to commemorate the bicentennial, organised by the Friends of Waterloo Park, local groups and the ward councillors.
At 12.30pm on Sunday, June 21, there will be a short memorial ceremony at Waterloo War Memorial, Oldham Road, attended by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Vincent Ricci.
From noon to 4pm, in the park on Store Street, there will be a fun day with attractions such as a bouncy castle, a face-painter, exhibitions, children’s art, heritage talks, boules, music, a French cafe and bar, and English brewery and other refreshments.
Lots of preparation for the events has also been done by local schools, the Royal British Legion, Tameside History Forum, New Charter, Stone Soup, and individuals like Cllr Frank Travis who said:
“I would also like to congratulate Mansi Mistry, a Year 6 pupil at Canon Burrows C of E Primary School, Oldham Road, for winning our competition to design an emblem for the event.
“Waterloo Day will bring the community together and show how the district of Waterloo connects Ashton and indeed Tameside to a battle that changed world history.”
Local Hyde historian Valerie Bowker has discovered that at least three men from the area fought in the battle which took place 200 years ago on June 18/19, 1815. James Slater, who was born in Ashton, served in the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot, and Samuel Hardy, born near Haughton, was in the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot and William Calland who moved to Hyde after leaving the army and lived on Throstle Bank Street, Flowery Field (he had enlisted in 1812 and served in the closing stages of the Peninsular War in Spain).