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Bexleyheath regiment’s history to be commemorated with new museum opening

PUBLISHED: 16:10 03 September 2015

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The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry’s heritage will be celebrated

Bexleyheath based regiment the The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry is set to have a new museum opened in its honour this Sunday.

The museum - which will be opened by Princess Alexandra - will celebrate the regiment’s history, telling the story of one of London’s proudest regiments. The new museum - at Hever Castle near Edenbridge - has been designed to resemble a military operations tent, and will have a Saladin armoured car and 25lb field gun on site.

The regiment’s 65 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) Support Squadron is based in Bexleyheath, with soldiers currently serving on operations. It provides communications and logistical supports throughout warzones. The new museum will tell the story of the regiment with reconstructions of a World War One trench, touch screen displays which tell the story of people who served with the sharpshooters and original artefacts which date back to 1797.

Military historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan will give a talk on the history of the Yeomanry during World War One, and demonstrations by re-enactors will also take place when the new museum is opened.

Chris Sutton, chief executive of the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum Trust, said: “This opening is the culmination of many years’ hard work by the trustees, volunteers, fundraisers and donors to ensure that we can inspire visitors of all ages with the lives of people who served, and continue to serve, in this unique military organisation.

“We are absolutely delighted to be opening our doors to the people of Kent, London, and those from further afield. During the coming year we will be running an exciting programme of events at the museum, in schools and in the local community, and are very keen to recruit new volunteers to join our museum and events team.”

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