Event supports armed forces community

Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063401001
Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063401001

Hastings and St Leonards Veterans Association held a special celebration on Sunday to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day-long event took place at Alexandra Park and was attended by MP Amber Rudd, East Sussex High Sheriff Michael Foster and Hastings Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers.

Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063527001

Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063527001

It started with a drumhead Service of Remembrance in the morning conducted by Reverend Robert Featherstone.

There was a parade of serving troops, reservists, veterans, cadet units and youth organisations, led by the 1066 Pipes and Drums.

Crowds were entertained by performances from the Coastal Twirlers, Lindy Hop dancers, and the Icini belly dancers and there were demonstrations of martial arts as well as a display of vintage military vehicles.

The Military Preparation College, from St Leonards, demonstrated their skills and took part in a truck-pull challenge.

Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063502001

Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063502001

The day finished with a ‘sunset’ ceremony at 3.45pm.

Armed Forces Day was devised to give people a chance to show their support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community.

Pictures by Frank Copper.

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Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063234001

Armed Forces Day 2016 in Alexandra Park. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160627-063234001

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