Armed Forces Weekend at EastbourneRedoubt
This weekend, as part of national celebrations the Redoubtwill be honouring our Armed Forces past, present and future with its popularArmed Forces Weekend.
Friday night starts with the Cadet Tattoo with cadets fromall over the town competing in drill competitions and 2012 sees the welcomereturn of the competitive gun run.
A weekend of free events for all the family from 29 Juneto 1 July – Saturday and Sunday include a mixture of hands-on activitiesfrom making your own semaphore, Armed Forces Weekend Badge and leather dog tag.Or how about puzzling over games brain teasers that were used to keeppeople’s minds off the bombing while they were in World War II air raidshelters and trying on replica costumes?
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism,Cllr Neil Stanley said “This is the sixth year of the Armed ForcesWeekend, another fantastic historical event and one that looks set to be thebiggest of the season at the Redoubt. Three days of history are brought to lifewith historical re-enactors and vehicles and fun hands-on activities for allthe family.”
There will also be a range of historical re-enactors– the 79th Cameron Highlanders (Napoleonic) and soldiersrepresenting the 35th Foot (Victorian) who are a predecessor of TheRoyal Sussex Regiment will all be there.
Bringing the Redoubt to life will also be the WVSRecruitment desk where civilians can sign up for important war work in WorldWar II and a hospital set up portraying a bed from the McIndoe War –pioneering plastic surgery from the Second World War.
Redoubt regulars, Deco In Style, will be bringing theirWorld War I Army Recruitment post manned by soldiers portraying the RoyalSussex and there will also be even more re-enactors bringing historicalvehicles to the weekend to talk to the public about their kit and equipment.
Sunday 1 July begins with a Drumhead Church Service,followed by the presentation of Veteran Badges to local residents.
The afternoon will be filled with toe-tapping music fromThe Big Jazz and will close with a march out led by the Kingfisher Scout Bandin an atmospheric sunset parade.
Entry to the Armed Forces Weekend is free to veterans. Formore information about what else is going on at the Redoubt go to www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk or contact The Redoubt on 01323410300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 June, 2012
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