HISTORY walked the streets as a town centre was brought to life with a parade and music.
Families gathered at Waterlooville precinct to see a procession and other entertainment to mark 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo. There was also a big puppet of Wellington.
Scouts, Sea Cadets, drama groups and members of the Waterloo to Waterlooville 200 group marched through the streets to start the celebrations.
Anna Cole, from Purbrook, was visiting the precinct with her seven-year-old daughter Lucy. The 35-year-old said it was good to see so many people gathered for the celebration.
‘It’s great that we can celebrate the history of Waterlooville on such a big scale like this,’ she said.
‘It is good that so many people have made the effort to see the procession and the other activities happening.
‘Lucy liked the big Wellington and I have been impressed with the organisers.’
As well as the parade, the celebrations on Saturday also included the unveiling of the new Waterlooville town flag and a plaque which commemorates the Waterloo to Waterlooville 200 project.
There were also choirs and bands playing at the bandstand as well as performances and re-enactments by drama groups in the precinct and at Waterlooville library.
John Stevenson, 62, from Waterlooville said: ‘I have enjoyed the celebrations because it is a very important time in the town’s history.
I think it’s great that we can celebrate the history of Waterlooville on such a big scale like thisAnna Cole
‘I liked the re-enactment and I think we should do more things like this to remember our history.’
The Waterlooville Community Forum have worked to commemorate what is considered the bicentenary of the town, as well as the battle.
Clare Jefferson-Jones, project manager, said: ‘There were lots of things for people to enjoy and it was a great day.
‘We have been planning this for a long time so it was great to see it finally here.’