The sun shines on Armed Forces Day

The Redoubt Fortress was buzzing with people at the weekend as Armed Forces Day took centre stage.

The sun shone for the which event took place on Saturday (June 29) and Eastbourne mayor Councillor Mike Thompson and MP Stephen Lloyd were among guests.

The Royal Marine Cadets, Air Training Corps and Army Cadets were among groups at the event.

Jo Seaman, heritage officer at the Redoubt Fortress, said, “From our perspective it was a complete success.

“I think that condensing it into one day had more impact.

“The past of the Armed Forces was represented with the Drumhead service and ceremony and then the cadets did their tattoo (drills and parades) representing the present and future.

“It was well attended and there was lots of parents there supporting their children in the evening which was lovely to see.”

Visitors enjoyed entertainment from the Eastbourne Silver Band and The Big Jazz and could tuck into refreshments at The Outpost Cafe.

The Hands on History group was also there and people had the chance to handle blank firing weapons and find out more about them.

The different groups took part in a competition and had to carry out first aid, drills and other tasks. The winners were the Army Cadets.