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The man who has taken visitors from all over the world and has helped to organise some of Berwick's most historic re-enactments over the last 30 years, recalled some of the incidents when he spoke to Berwick Probus Club last Wednesday.

Saturday, 30th April 2016, 8:00 am

Mr Derek Sharman, leading figure in its one-year programme, has this month overseen the conclusion of the very successful Berwick 900.

He was a young man who had opened his own small shop in Durham when he joined a group dressing up in authentic uniforms of the old county regiment, which they made themselves.

It was a move which took him and his colleagues all over the country and to Belgium to re-create the Battle of Waterloo.

When he moved to Berwick in 1983 he immediately was invited to join the festival committee, and he used his contacts to bring re-enactment groups to the town on regular visits.

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Mr Sharman gained a great reputation, along with personalities like the late Chris Green and Jim Herbert, for re-enacting big occasions in history.

He showed slides of the re-enactment of King James I riding through Berwick town centre in 2004 to mark the 300 years since the union of the crown.

He also looked back with pride on the occasion when the Coldstream Guards, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and King’s Own Scottish Borderers – all of whom are Freemen – marched together through the town, and also the end of the Crimean War.

A battlefield trail was created at Halidon Hill.

Mr Sharman also helped organise the 100-year commemoration of The Great War in 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the golden age of Northumbria.

Secretary George Martin spoke of the recent visit by club members to RAF Boulmer, which was of great interest.