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Final preparations underway for Armed Forces Day Celebrations

Claudia Moore Weymouth BID Manager

This year’s major Armed Forces Day Celebrations will be held on 18 and 19 June. Once again organisers Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are delighted to recognise the support of the MOD, with a £7,500 grant funding towards this year’s event.

The festivities will kick off on Saturday 18 June with a magnificent military beach assault and bridge building on Weymouth Beach (Pavilion end) starting at noon. This will be followed by a ‘1940s comes to Portland’ event from noon to 4pm at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland. Stands and displays full of information from various veteran’s agencies and charity organisations will be on show for visitors to learn about the important role they play and how to support them.

Cllr Jason Osborne, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Tourism and Culture, said: “Weymouth and Portland is very proud to have the prestigious opportunity to stage one of the country’s leading annual veterans events.

“The borough embraces every aspect of the celebrations and looks forward to giving a warm and hospitable welcome to many thousands of veterans, armed forces personnel and their visiting family and friends.”

One of the popular highlights of this year’s Armed Forces Day Celebrations will be a major military parade with almost 2,000 proud marching veterans, marching bands and over 80 historic military vehicles at 11am on Sunday 19 June. This will be preceded by an open-air service at the British Cenotaph on Weymouth Seafront.

The prestigious Band of HM Royal Marines, will lead the Sunday parade, followed by the Royal Engineers undertaking their freedom of the borough parade along Weymouth Seafront celebrating the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Corps.

For further information visit out event page Armed Forces Day Celebrations