Armed Forces celebrated at annual event

The service in Steyne Gardens. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.
The service in Steyne Gardens. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

Steyne Gardens was lined with veterans at the weekend for the annual West Sussex Armed Forces Weekend.

The free to attend event was a two day celebration of the Armed Forces past and present, with a number of attractions and displays organised by the Worthing Combined Ex-Services Association.

People from many areas of the Armed Forces attended. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

People from many areas of the Armed Forces attended. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

Attractions included stalls, and a drink and burger bar, along with displays from the Navy and Air Force cadets, and a flight demonstration from the BBMF Spitfire which circled the event three times.

A military vehicle display was also based at the south of the gardens.

A spokesman for the association said: “This is a wonderful spectacle every year. This important day aims to focus the nation’s expression of support, and appreciation for, the British Armed Forces and their work - past, present and future.”

On Saturday things kicked off from 10am, with stalls and displays open, along with live music and entertainment which went on until 5.30pm.

The flags are lowered. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

The flags are lowered. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

On Sunday the Drumhead service was carried out, with a number of veterans attending, as well as the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and mayor and mayoress Sean McDonald and Vicky Vaughan.

Lancing Brass (the band of Lancing Royal British Legion) played during the service and later performed a concert onstage.

Sponsors of the event this year were the Ministry of Defence, Rabbit waste Services, MS Roofing, and Roffey Homes.

The association was formed in 1994 and is run by representatives of Ex-Service Associations across Sussex.

Veterans stand with flags. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

Veterans stand with flags. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

They also have honorary members and individual members.

For more information about the association, readers can visit the website www.cesa-worthing.org.uk

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Veterans standing near the seafront. Picture by Eddie Mitchell.

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