Fortress hosts special Armed Forces Weekend

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SUPPORTING the country’s servicemen and women was the order of the day at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress on Armed Forces Weekend. The Napoleonic fortress hosted a series of events for young and old including a mini tattoo, hands-on activities and games.

The aim of the day, also celebrated with parties and other events across the town, was to honour armed forces past, present and future.

Cadets from all over Eastbourne took part in drill competitions, a traditional gun run and a range of historical vehicles and reenactments.

Among those attending were the 79th Cameron Highlanders (Napoleonic) and soldiers representing the 35th Foot (Victorian) which is a predecessor of The Royal Sussex Regiment.

On Sunday a Drumhead Church Service was held and local residents were presented with Veteran Badges and after an afternoon filled with music from the The Big Jazz, the event closed with a march out led by the Kingfisher Scout Band.

Entry to the Armed Forces Weekend was free to veterans.

The aim was to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and show support for the men and women who make up the armed services community.