Band of Irish Guards to join town’s Armed Forces Day commemoration
PUBLISHED: 13:52 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 19 June 2018
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An event paying tribute to the sacrifices made by troops past and present is once again being held in Lowestoft.
The town’s Armed Forces Day event, now in its 13th year, is held annually to honour those who have fought and died for their country, as well as those still serving. This year’s event will include music from the Band of the Irish Guards, who recently played to guests at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
The free event, which will be staged on Royal Green on Saturday, June 30, is organised by a team of volunteers and brings our past, present, and future service men and women to the area along with arena events displays and stalls.
Victoria Schofield, area manager for Cottages.com who volunteers to organise the event, said: “In its 13th year, Lowestoft Armed Forces day continues to grow and it is a joy to see each year.
“We urge as many people as possible to come down on the day not only to enjoy the arena acts and displays but also to show our thanks to those who have, who do and who will serve in our armed forces.”
Last year Lowestoft was chosen to host the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood, with the Irish Guards secured for this year.
The band is based at Wellington Barracks in London and provides the musical support for all major ceremonial events in London and at Windsor.
The event, which will run from 10am to 4pm with the drumhead service at noon, will also include the Royal British Legion Band, the Norwich Pipe Band and the static spitfire from Simply Spitfire will be on display.
There will also be a display from the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal unit, vintage military vehicles, arena displays by cadets, and stalls from ex-service associations and charities.
There will be fun for the children too with a bouncy castle, and food and drink on offer.
The event, which is free to attend, is supported by local businesses including Lings Honda, the East of England Co-op, this is db and Richardson Printing.
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