20 June 2014

Armed Forces Day Parade

Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 28 will be marked in Brighton & Hove with a Freedom of the City Parade by the  Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1PWRR).

The event is part of a programme of civic and community events going on this summer as Brighton & Hove commemorates the 100th anniversary of the World War One.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion PWRR and the Band of the Blues and Royals will step off from the Peace Statue on Hove seafront at 11am and follow a route along the seafront, West Street and North Street before arriving in New Road around 11.20am.

This will be followed by a Veterans and Cadets parade and inspection in New Road.

Events will continue in New Road during the day (see programme below), and will include performances of vintage and wartime music from Vintage 5 Live & Rockabellas between noon and 4pm, information stands, and talks and children’s performances in the Unitarian church.

For more information about World War One commemorative events:



Freedom of the City Parade route and road closures:

The parade will start from the Peace Statue on Hove seafront and travel along the A259, turn left into West Street, right into North Street and left into New Road.

Rolling road closures will be put in place along the route from 10.50am while the march takes place, with the aim of keeping disruption to a minimum.

Sat June 28 Programme of events in Unitarian Church, New Road:

10am   View: Chattri Exhibition

10.30am  Talk:  How India became involved in the First World War; why some of these soldiers came to be hospitalised in Brighton, particularly in the Royal Pavilion; and a short history of the Chattri Memorial.Speakers Tom Donovan, Local Military Historian; Kevin Bacon, Royal Pavilion & Museum; Davinder Dhillon, Chair of the Chattri Memorial Group                       

2pm     Readings by local residents:  Letters written by the Indian soldiers who were hospitalised in Brighton during the First World War    

Performance by students at Dorothy Stringer School:  An extract from a play entitled “Killed” documenting the experiences of a young man sent to the trenches.  Themes include the women left behind; their fight for change at that time and the responsibilities of the Generals

Readings:  Readings from women in WW1 (which include WW1 nurses), Sarah Tobias, Lecturer in social and cultural history.

Music in New Road

Time   Noon- 4pm      Vintage Hot Five and Rockabellas will be performing throughout the afternoon on New Road

Information tables

10am - 4pm    There will be a range of information tables from 1PWRR, armed forces charities and cadets based outside the Unitarian Church, New Road