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Event will celebrate Armed Forces

2017 marks the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort in Felixstowe and to mark the occasion, and to recognise the huge contribution made by our servicemen and women from the past until the present day, Felixstowe has been chosen as the venue for Suffolk Armed Forces weekend.

Action-packed entertainment is planned for Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June and will be a one-off free event for all age groups.

There will be a unique package of entertainment including music from choirs and military bands to an evening of pop and rock, military displays, food stalls, children’s activities and fireworks, and some thrilling battle re-enactments between the Dutch and English with cannon, muskets and swords. All this by Felixstowe’s fantastic seaside with all that has to offer as well!

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure at Suffolk Coastal, said, “We’re very excited about hosting Suffolk Armed Forces Day in Felixstowe. We hope the weekend will raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces as not many people, locally or nationally know that Felixstowe played an important role in the history of our nation.

“This important event puts Felixstowe on centre stage and promises to bring history to life for all the family and is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer.”

Organisers of the event include the Suffolk Armed Forces Covenant Group, the Landguard Fort Trust, Royal Marines Association and Royal British Legion, with assistance from local authorities and military units.

If you would like to talk more about how you could be involved contact project officer Paul Grant on 07850 427928 or email: paul.grant@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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