Town supports annual tribute to armed forces

Armed Forces Day at Seaford Museum. June 30th 2012 E27088N'Old servicemen on parade.

Armed Forces Day at Seaford Museum. June 30th 2012 E27088N'Old servicemen on parade.

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THE community turned out to support Armed Forces Day in Seaford on Saturday.

The event was organised by the Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George and Seaford Town Council.

It is held to honour all serving and ex-serving men and women for their commitment to the country.

The weather stayed dry for the day which was attended by veterans and ex-servicemen and women and high-profile figures such as Major Peter Gadsdon (MBE MC), Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Sara Stonor and the High Sheriff of East Sussex David Allam.

The event began at 2.30pm with entertainment from Seaford Silver Band, this was followed by the General Salute being played and an inspection of the troops who were under the command of Major Gadsdon.

Major Bob Peedle was the parade marshall (MBE) and Mrs Sara Stonor carried out the inspection, and was followed by Don Mabey, president of the Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George and the mayor of Seaford Councillor Linda Wallraven.

The 1218 Newhaven Squadron Air Training Corps also took part in the event and the Royal British Legion had a stand during the day.

This year the event, which took place by the Martello Tower, was scaled down slightly because of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Don Mabey, president of the Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, gave a speech as the day came to a close.

He said, “The day was excellent.

“We did cut some of it because of the Jubilee and Olympics but hope to have a full Armed Services event next year.

“The day was a great success. It was a honour to be there and to see people remember those that have gone before.”

Seaford museum was open free to everyone during the afternoon and had people on hand to discuss the local military history.