Veterans and dignitaries to assemble in park to mark Armed Forces Day

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VETERANS, serving troops and other dignitaries will be assembling in Alexandra Park on Sunday (June 30) to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day.

Mayor Alan Roberts, the town’s MP Amber Rudd, cadets and others are assembling by the park’s main entrance from 10am before marching to the main area of the park by the bandstand.

Reverend Robert Featherstone, of All Saints’ Church, will conduct a service to remember all those who have fallen in both World Wars and to reflect on those currently serving in present-day conflict areas such as Afghanistan.

Cadets from the Sea Cadet corps, RAF and Army will also be represented, as will other standard bearers, Scouts and Girl Guides.

After the service there will be entertainment by the Acromax gymnastics group and Section 5 Drummers. Other activities include stalls, a bouncy castle for children, and classic military vehicles on display.

The Elphinstone Sports and Social Club in Elphinstone Road is holding an Armed Forces Day event tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am.

There will be stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, barbecue, gigantic raffle, and 50s and 60s disco from 4pm.

Veterans will march to pipes and drums from 10.30am.

Armed Forces Day nationally is tomorrow and the county council is flying the Armed Forces Flag at County Hall in Lewes throughout this week in the lead-up.

The flag was raised on Monday (June 24) by county council chairman Colin Belsey and assistant chief executive Simon Hughes.

Cllr Belsey said: “Armed Forces Day is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces, and publicly acknowledge them for their efforts.

“We are again showing its support for Armed Forces Day and giving special thanks to the troops, service families, veterans and cadets from East Sussex.”