The Weymouth & Portland Armed Forces Day celebrations starts on Saturday 17th June when a display of historic military vehicles will gather at the Weymouth Pavilion forecourt from 10am and will remain on public display until they depart at 12.30pm in convoy along the Weymouth Seafront to Osprey Leisure Centre, Castletown, Portland for the afternoon display.
An afternoon of 1940’s inspired entertainment comes to Osprey Leisure Centre from 12 noon on Saturday 17th June with 1940’s displays and exhibitions, vehicles displays and WWII memorabilia. The popular Decadettes will be singing songs from the 1940’s from 2.30pm.
With a host of displays and information available during the weekend, Military personnel and Veterans will be able to discover and receive the support from the various agencies and charity organisations; and visitors to the event will be able to learn, appreciate and support the important role played; and recognise the diversity of the Armed Forces, veterans and all service associations.
At 11am on Sunday 18th June an Open Air service will take place on Weymouth Seafront adjacent to the British Cenotaph. A short Service of Remembrance will be followed by a parade of over 2000 veterans along Weymouth seafront who will be accompanied by five marching bands.
Rachel Barton, Director at Osprey Leisure Centre said “Osprey Leisure Centre is delighted to be hosting the Military Vehicles Convey again this year on 17th June as part of the Borough Veterans’ Week. With free entry it is a great opportunity for people to come along and see the vehicles close up and speak the owners who have lovingly restored them. The popular Decadettes will behere entertaining us with songs from the era. In the days leading up to the event the centre will have the wartime posters and displays including mannequins dressed in the costume of the day.”
On Sunday June 18th at Nothe Fort Weymouth the Moonlight Swing Band will perform an evening concert, dancing the summer evening away with famous big band numbers ranging from Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington. The 18 piece Moonlight Swing Band was formed in 2002 and brings together local musicians playing at the highest level, supporting local charities by giving fund raising concerts, and also performing at private functions, parties, balls and dance nights.
The Armed Forces Weekend celebrations conclude on Monday 19th June when a flag raising ceremony will take place at 10.30 outside of the Weymouth & Portland Council offices on Commercial Road, Weymouth.
TANKFEST 2017 is the biggest and best display of armour in the world and is held at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. The event takes place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June. Tickets for Saturday have now sold out but there is some availability for Sunday 25th June.
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