A FORT built to protect a town from a Napoleonic invasion made history by lowering its drawbridge for a fleet of French vehicles.

The Redoubt Fort in Harwich was built more than 200 years ago to defend the town's harbour.

But despite its history, the fort welcomed a Citroen 2CV Club to cross the moat.

A total of ten members from the club arrived in their French cars to see the ancient monument.

Harwich Society chairman, Colin Farnell, and the society’s membership secretary, Aileen Farnell greeted the visitors.

“We were at the bottom of the hill to welcome the Citroen 2CV club and it was quite a sight watching them climb the hill in convoy," said Colin.