A JOINER from Huddersfield will re-enact the Battle of Waterloo.
Andy Booth will march into action at the exact same place where the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon.
But he won’t be alone.
Andy, from Scissett, will join an army of part-time actors from across Europe in the Belgium wheatfield – 196 years to the day the historic battle took place.
Andy said: “We know who’s going to win!
“We’ll be re-enacting the exact same scenario of the Battle of Waterloo.
“Of course, once you get in there there’s so much movement on the battle field you don’t know how you’re going to react. It’s mad – but so much fun.”
Andy is a member of the West Yorkshire re-enactment group 33rd Regiment of Foot, a club of people who recreate Wellington’s army of 1812 to 1816 in the Napoleonic War.
Each of the 20 members travelling to Belgium this June will be fully kitted out in authentic red coat uniforms complete with helmets, blades and bayonets.
Andy said his hand-stitched outfit costs £2,000 and the replica musket costs around £300.
He said: “The uniform is completely authentic. When we are marching it’s going to be red-hot out there in the middle of June in all our gear.
“Our guns are real but we use black powder in them – not real lead – which makes the same sound and smoke as a gun shot.”
Andy will be taking part in the re-enactment with wife Jayne, a self- employed gardener.
The couple, who have two sons Josh, 16, and Scott, 18, share a love of history.
Andy said: “We’re both into anything to do with history.
“And through doing these re-enactments we get to see so much of the country and they are really sociable events.
“We have members who are from all walks of life. We have a brain surgeon and people who work in computers and for the NHS and people who work in construction like me.
“We all get on and it’s really nice and the events we take part in over the year are real family affairs.”
Andy’s youngest son Josh – a trainee chef at Volare restaurant in Skelmanthorpe – also takes part in re-enactments and has a gun licence.
Andy, 41, will be collecting sponsorship for the battle which will go towards armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
He’ll be taking part in a few practice marches around Denby Dale and Skelmanthorpe in his uniform and is asking people to donate to the good cause.