Veterans and cadets prepare for Armed Forces Day parade in Brighton this morning

Posted On 27 Jun 2015 at 10:46 am

Veterans and cadets are preparing to take part in a parade in Brighton to mark Armed Forces Day today (Saturday 27 June).

The parade is due to form up at 10.30am in Jubilee Street. Those taking part will march to New Road.

They will be received by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Juliet Smith, Brighton and Hove Mayor Lynda Hyde and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Britton, from the Sussex Army Cadet Force and 11 Infantry Brigade.

The parade of veterans and cadets is part of a programme of events that has been organised by Brighton and Hove City Council, the Royal British Legion and others to mark Armed Forces Week.

The parade will start a day of activities in New Road, including 1940s music from noon to 4pm, talks and poetry readings.

Councillor Hyde, said: “We hope people will come along to show their support for our forces and enjoy the parade and entertainment taking place in New Road.”

Dudley Button, president of the Brighton and Hove city branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “We are encouraging veterans of all ages to come along to join in the parade.

“Everyone is very welcome. It doesn’t matter when they served or how long they served for.

“This is an opportunity to recognise all those who have served in the forces.”

An exhibition about the Chattri memorial will be on display in the Dome Café Bar.

The Chattri, on the Downs to the north of Patcham, was built to honour the Indian dead of the First World War.

Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died in Brighton war hospitals in 1914 and 1915 were cremated there.

There will also be a chance to see a new virtual tour of the Royal Pavilion Estate.

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