Armed Forces Day supported by 1,000 visitors

Seahaven Armed Forces Day.
Seahaven Armed Forces Day.
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Veterans and current members of the armed services were thanked at the annual Seaford Armed Forces Day at the Martello Fields.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Chantal Wilson inspected the parade and gave an inspiring address about the meaning of the day on Saturday June 28.

Organisers said the event went just as well as last year, with warm and dry weather and around 1,000 visitors.

Chairman of the organising committee, major Bob Peedle MBE, said: “The weather was just right, cloudy for much of the time, but no rain, and the sun came out to enhance the afternoon’s events.

“It was a great privilege to once again be involved with the town council in providing this tribute to the armed services, both those serving today as well as the veterans who have served King or Queen and Country in the past.”

The event is organised by Seaford Town Council and the Seahaven branch of The Royal Society of St George.

The parade formed up at the Martello Tower at 12.15pm and was led by two drummers from the Air Training Corps and eight standard bearers.

The veterans were followed by detachments from local units the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps.

During the inspection Mrs Wilson was joined by Seaford mayor Mark Brown, Seahaven branch president Laurie Holland and major Peter Gadsdon, president of the Alfriston and district branch of the Royal British Legion.

The Seahaven branch’s chaplain, Revd David Farrant, led the assembly in prayers before giving the exhortation.

This was followed by the last post and reveille from two musicians from Seaford’s Silver Band.

Guests included the mayors of Newhaven, Peacehaven, Telscombe and the deputy mayor of Lewes, as well as the chairman of Lewes District Council and the deputy chairman of East Sussex County Council.

Guests and veterans were then treated to a buffet prepared by Seaford Baptist Church and the Seaford charity Waves.

Stalls included the Tavern in a Tent organised by the two Seaford Rotary Clubs.

There were also stands run by Sussex Police, Coastguard, National Coastwatch Institute, Seaford Lifeguards and others representing local charities.

A funfair, mini-tanks and military vehicles were part of the action, as well as music from Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra, Fantastic Four Flyball Team and synchronised foot drill. There was also an Elvis impersonation from Rob Willis.