Armed Forces Day at the Redoubt, Eastbourne

Armed Forces Day at the Redoubt Fortress, eastbourne'25/06/11
Armed Forces Day at the Redoubt Fortress, eastbourne'25/06/11

BRITAIN’S armed forces past, present and future were honoured with a series of free events at the Redoubt Fortress at the weekend.

The annual celebrations coincided with National Armed Forces Day on Saturday (June 25).

A cadet mini tattoo, which included individual cadet displays and drill competition, kicked off the weekend’s activities on Friday evening, while a host of family activities, displays and demonstrations by historical re-enactors took place the next morning.

Both days were packed with top performances, with The Big Jazz performing its unique brand of swing music and Hailsham Community College taking to the the stage with an abridged version of its wartime play ‘On One Day’.

The rousing 1812 Concert, performed by the Eastbourne Silver Band, provided an atmospheric finish to Saturday’s events.

On Sunday, the Drumhead Church Service concluded with the presentation of veterans’ badges ahead of another performance by the Eastbourne Silver Band, before the Clover Sisters entertained the crowds with wartime-era songs.

The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band rounded off the weekend in style, with the Last Post formally bringing the weekend’s activities at the Redoubt to a close.