Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend Looking For Volunteers

A celebratory event to show appreciation of the work of the Armed Forces is to be held in Felixstowe this year on Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June.

2017 marks the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort in Felixstowe and to mark the occasion, and to recognise the huge contribution made by our servicemen and women from the past until the present day, Felixstowe has been chosen as the venue for Suffolk Armed Forces weekend.

A weekend of action-packed entertainment is planned as a one off free event for all age groups.

To make this an event we can all be proud of we need the support of businesses, organisations and individuals who understand and value our armed forces, our community and our history.

Volunteers are needed to help out with various roles and activities over the two days. No previous experience or training is required! For further details on becoming a volunteer, please contact Felixstowe Forward on 01394 444577 – or email felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

If you would like to talk more about how you could be involved, please feel free to give our project officer Paul Grant a ring on 07850 427928, or email: paul.grant@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

There will be a unique package of entertainment including music from choirs and military bands to an evening of pop and rock, military displays, food stalls, children’s activities and fireworks, and some thrilling battle re-enactments between the Dutch and English with cannon, muskets and swords.

The amazing Global Stars Aerobatic Team will be taking to the skies and will perform both a spectacular formation and solo display over the sea at 3pm on Saturday. The team of British aerobatic champions past and present… Mark Jefferies, Chris Burkett, Tom Cassells and Michael Pickin are based at Little Gransden in Cambridgeshire and have flown many air displays and shows around the world. The Global Stars have just returned from a trip to China where they competed in the Formation Aerobatic Championships.

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure at Suffolk Coastal, said: “We’re very excited about hosting Suffolk Armed Forces Day in Felixstowe. We hope the weekend will raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces as not many people, locally or nationally know that Felixstowe played an important role in the history of our nation.

“We’re proud to be bringing together the community, armed forces personnel, their families and service veterans for this celebratory weekend that is set to be the biggest Armed Forces event in the region.

“This important event puts Felixstowe on centre stage and promises to bring history to life for all the family and is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer.”

The event is being organised in partnership by organisations including the Suffolk Armed Forces Covenant Group, the Landguard Fort Trust, Royal Marines Association and Royal British Legion, with assistance from local authorities and military units.

The SAFW Official Event Guide is also now live at www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/suffolk-armed-forces-weekend It provides all the information you need to enjoy the weekend, including the timetable for each day, useful travel information and much more.

The Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend is a county event, which is being hosted by Suffolk Coastal District Council and being held in Felixstowe. This is a community event, which is being supported by a variety of organisations such as the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant, Royal British Legion, Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk County Council, Landguard Fort Trust and the Royal Marines Association, as well as Suffolk Coastal District Council.

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