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Tracing an ancestor's footsteps at 200th Waterloo anniversary

Vince Law from Somerset joins thousands of battle re-enactors tonight. Credit: ITV News

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo tonight, thousands of re-enactors will take part in a full scale copy of Wellington's historic victory over Napoleon.

Among them is one man from Somerset whose great-great grandfather was wounded in the event that changed Europe.

Our correspondent David Wood met him on location.


Wellington monument to be lit up in honour of Waterloo

The Wellington Monument can be seen from quite a distance in the daylight - tonight it will also be seen in the dark Credit: ITV News

New lights will be switched on tonight to illuminate the Wellington Monument in Somerset.

It's 200 years today since the Duke of Wellington won his most famous victory, defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

The monument will be lit up at ten o'clock tonight to mark the bicentenary.

People have talked to us and said, wouldn't it be nice if you could light the monument again.

We thought this is the perfect opportunity, let's see what we can do and we've made it happen.

It is great news for the monument and it means that those lights will be there to mark other special occasions as well and hopefully raise the profile of the monument too.

– Helen Sharp, National Trust