Photos from the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival

FIRE: The 40th Regiment of Foot, based in Sydney, firing a cannon on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival. Pictures: Ellie-Marie Watts
FIRE: The 40th Regiment of Foot, based in Sydney, firing a cannon on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival. Pictures: Ellie-Marie Watts

Booms echoed across the Raymond Terrace riverfront and town centre on Saturday as cannons and musket volleys were set of as part of the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival.

A healthy stream of visitors wandered down the historical Raymond Terrace street to view market stalls, take part in games, grab a bite to eat and watch dance and musical performances outside the old brick Richardson and Scully building, also known as the Newcastle University Aquatic Centre.

Throughout the day the 40th Regiment of Foot, a reenactment society from Sydney, fired a cannon and musket volleys, and spoke about the regiment's Colonial history and purpose - including its involvement in the Eureka Stockade.

Meanwhile, the William the Fourth, a replica of Australia's first steam powered ocean-going paddlewheel ship, cruised along the Hunter River.

William the Fourth is significant to the town. It was built as a Port Stephens Bicentenary Project at a cost of $1.5 million. It was launched in Raymond Terrace in 1987.

The 40th Regiment of Foot firing a cannon on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot firing a cannon on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot's set up on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot's set up on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot in action on the Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival.

The 40th Regiment of Foot on Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival. Behind them is the William the Fourth replica ship.

The 40th Regiment of Foot on Raymond Terrace riverfront on Saturday for the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival. Behind them is the William the Fourth replica ship.

Elizabeth Kilday, 8, from Medowie dressed as Maud Butler - known for twice trying to find her way to Europe and fight in WWI despite being a girl and aged 16 - at the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival on Saturday. Miss Kilday said she was inspired by Maude after reading You Can't Fight, You're a Girl by John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher.

Elizabeth Kilday, 8, from Medowie dressed as Maud Butler - known for twice trying to find her way to Europe and fight in WWI despite being a girl and aged 16 - at the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival on Saturday. Miss Kilday said she was inspired by Maude after reading You Can't Fight, You're a Girl by John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher.

The William the Fourth docked at Raymond Terrace Wharf on Saturday after returning from a river cruise.

The William the Fourth docked at Raymond Terrace Wharf on Saturday after returning from a river cruise.

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