Thousands of people flocked to the seaside town of Felixstowe for a fun-filled weekend celebrating Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend 2017.
Saluting the Armed Forces, past and present – the action-packed event was hosted this year by Suffolk Coastal District Council on Saturday and Sunday (24th and 25th June).
As well as providing fun for all the family, the event had a serious side – recognising the huge contribution made by our servicemen and women, as well as marking the important 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort (which was the last time foreign forces launched an armed landing on English soil).
“The atmosphere in Felixstowe was fantastic and the weekend provided a great showcase for what the resort has to offer. However, all this did not happen by accident. The organising committee, spearheaded by our staff at Felixstowe Forward, put in a tremendous amount of hard work, not only coming up with the idea for the event but organising everything to make it such a big success” said Cllr TJ Howarth-Culf.
On Saturday, visitors including many military personnel and their families enjoyed a great day out at the seaside, which included live music, historical re-enactments, children’s entertainment, an air display and fireworks. Several key seafront attractions also offered special discounts and offers for military personnel.
On Sunday, the English were champions again as visitors enjoyed a spectacular re-creation of the 1667 Battle of Landguard Fort against the dastardly Dutch. Amidst the cannon fire, swords and muskets, ‘Captain Darell’ raised the English flag leading his men to victory.
Paul Grant, organiser of Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend in Felixstowe, said: “We are thrilled that the weekend has proved to be a huge success. We would like to thank everyone who came along to say ‘Thank You’ to all our Armed Forces by attending this event.”