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Fort Rinella to celebrate anniversary with military re-enactments

Video: Mark Zammit Cordina

A three-day historical re-enactment festival at Fort Rinella in Kalkara this weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of this historic fort to the public.

The festival is being organised by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna , which has been responsible for the restoration of the fort since the late 1980s.

In 1991 it was formally entrusted to it by government for restoration and management.

The event will consist from a number of historical re-enactments involving horseback troops assisted by the infantry and the artillery. Together they will recreate different aspects of late 19th century battlefield skills and warfare.

This will include infantry fighting formations, cavalry charges and skill at arms, period sports competitions and a simulation of a battle charge. On each occasion the show will end with a display of horseback stunts and horse trick-riding by one of Britain's top horse stunt teams.

Three UK-based historical re-enactment teams will be taking part. They are the celebrated 17th Lancers of the 'Charge of the Light Brigade' fame; the 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment - the 'Die Hards' and Mark Atkinson's Action Horses veterans of several action movies and experts in period horse re-enactment and interpretation.

The main re-enactment displays will start at 2 p.m. and will last till about 4 p.m. on each occasion. The festival will end on Sunday with the firing of the Armstrong 100-ton gun at 4 p.m.

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