5 June 2015

Armed Forces Week events

A flag raising ceremony and parade of service veterans are among events to be held in Brighton & Hove to mark Armed Forces Week 2015  (week beginning June 22.)

Veteran Bruno Jones from the Royal Sussex Regimental Association, assisted by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Lynda Hyde, will begin the week by raising the Armed Forces Day Flag at the Old Steine War Memorial in Brighton at 11am on Monday June 22.

They will be joined by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field, plus cadets from the Army, Navy and RAF who will also raise flags. (This will be a short ceremony lasting around ten minutes).

On Armed Forces Day, Saturday June 27, New Road in the centre of Brighton will be the venue for a day of activities and entertainment, beginning with a parade of veterans and cadets at 11am.

The event is being organised by Brighton & Hove City Council, the Royal British Legion and other partners. All service veterans are welcome to join in the parade, from World War Two veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts, as are services associations standard bearers. Those wishing to take part should gather at 10.30am in Jubilee Street and the parade will then go along New Road. The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, and the Mayor, Cllr Lynda Hyde, will be in attendance.

The day will continue with 1940s music and entertainment in the street from bands Vintage Hot 5 and Hoochie Toots between 12 noon and 4pm.

There will be a programme of activities in the Unitarian Church in New Road from 1.30pm to 3.15pm including performances of World War One songs and poetry by local schoolchildren; talks about the involvement of Indian troops on the Western Front in WW1, the role of the Royal Pavilion as an Indian military hospital, and the Chattri Memorial in Patcham; plus readings of letters written by Indian soldiers who were treated in Brighton during World War One.

Information stalls from armed forces charities will be set up in the street from 10am to 4pm.

More information:

Brighton & Hove City Council press office 01273 291035/293033

Armed Forces Day

National Armed Forces Day website