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Happy birthday Fort St Catherine

One of Bermuda's oldest forts will kick off its 400th birthday celebrations with a tribute to the military by the Bermuda Regiment.

Fort St Catherine — in St George's — will on Saturday see a salute to the soldiers throughout history who have served at the fort, and its artillery battery.

And a children's pirate-themed night of fun is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, including a treasure hunt, movie, and other entertainment, as well as prizes for the best-dressed pirate.

The salute to the military will also include music from the Regiment band, light refreshments and a cash bar.

Both these events are free, with entry by wristbands, which are available at the exhibition office in the Botanical Gardens in Paget, Fort St Catherine and the St George's Visitor Information Centre.

The military tribute will run from 8pm to 10.30pm and the children's night starts at 4pm and finishes at 10pm and children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Friday, June 20, a special dance event featuring fire-breathing dancers and a Gombey troupe will perform, while participants will get the chance to learn some new dances, as well as strut their stuff to old favourites, such as the Electric Slide.

And the series of events to mark the anniversary will climax on Saturday, June 28 with Catherine's Ball — a formal dinner and dance night under the stars, complete with a royal welcome and dance band, and a spectacular firework display to end the night.

Entry to the dance event, which starts at 7pm, costs $10, while the ball begins at 6.30pm.

The first stone fort on the site was built in 1614, only a few years after the Island was claimed by the Crown, and has been rebuilt several times over the past 400 years.

It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of St George's.

Photo by Andrew Pettit Fort St Catherine at the northeastern tip of St George's Island was established in the first year of settlement (1612-13), but has been rebuilt six times thereafter.

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Published June 05, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated June 04, 2014 at 11:29 pm)

Happy birthday Fort St Catherine

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