Seahaven Veterans’ and Armed Forces Day to be a day for everyone

Seaford Veterans and Armed Forces Day
Seaford Veterans and Armed Forces Day

A celebration of the armed forces will be held in Seaford on Saturday June 29 when Seahaven Veterans’ and Armed Forces’ Day is staged.

The event will feature a parade of veterans and cadets at 12.30pm who will march from the Martello Tower to the Martello Fields.

However, Seaford Quakers will hold a vigil for peace from 11am to 11.30am in Seaford Peace Garden on the same day.

Seahaven Veterans’ and Armed Forces’ Day is being organised by Seaford Town Council and the Seahaven Branch of the Royal Society of St George.

A town council spokesperson said: “Armed Forces Day is an annual, national campaign that gives everybody the opportunity to show their support for all those servicemen and women of the Armed Forces, past and present, including current serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.

“Come along and enjoy this family, fun filled event.”

The parade will include a piper, standards, sea cadets, veterans, army cadets, the Air Training Corps and some civilian organisations.

Once at the Martello Fields, just off the Esplanade, the parade will be inspected by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field and the mayor of Seaford Anthony White.

The Martello Fields will be open from 11am to 4pm.

There will be community stalls, Rotary Tavern in the Tent, a fun fair, mini tanks, arena displays and military exhibitions.

Visitors can also expect a flyball team display, dance groups, a display from Seaford Lifeguards, the rock and jazz orchestra and a cadet display.

Chairman of the Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, Bob Peedle said: “The bravery of ordinary men and women, highlighted by those who serve in our Armed Forces who go about their ordinary routine work often under extremely dangerous conditions, is an inspiration.

“Organisations such as Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA(Forces Help) do their best to keep these people in the public eye and to help those in need.

“In November each year on Remembrance Day we remember those who have died or suffered as a result of war, the service men and women as well as the civilian services.

“Veterans’ and Armed Forces’ Day, however, gives us a chance to honour those still with us, many of whose service has gone unsung or unrewarded.”

Seaford Quakers said all were welcome to join them for the vigil, which will take place in the Peace Garden, in Crouch Gardens, just off East Street.