Southend Armed Forces Day to be 'magnificent'

Southend Standard: popular - the Southend Armed Forces Day always draws big crowds popular - the Southend Armed Forces Day always draws big crowds

PREPARATIONS are under way for an action-packed three-day celebration of the Armed Forces in Southend.

Tag rugby and a vintage fair will be part of festivities for the Southend Armed Forces Day, which runs from Friday, June 27 until Sunday, June 29.

Opening the festival will be a tag rugby competition in Chalkwell Park, between 10am and 4pm, with teams from schools in the borough and Southend Spartans Rugby Club participating.

The next day, a 1940s vintage fair will be held at the end of Southend Pier, along with a parade along the High Street, starting at 10am, entertainment in the town centre, and military displays.

On the Sunday, the event will sign off with a salute on the seafront, followed by a touch rugby tournament, on City Beach.

Scott Dolling, the council’s head of economy, regeneration and tourism, said: “Armed Forces Day celebrations in Southend are a huge chance for everyone to turn out and show their support for our Armed Forces.

“There will be plenty to enjoy and take part in, on all three days, with attractions for all the family. We hope as many people as possible will come along to share in these magnificent events.”

Volunteers are also being sought for the event, with anyone willing to lend a hand over the three days being urged to get in touch.

Mr Dolling added: “This is such a good community occasion and we are also appealing for volunteers who may be able to offer their help with anything, from their talents, to transport or tea-making.”

“It would be really helpful if, for instance, someone with a minibus could help drive veterans to various parts of the events, or could help supply veterans with tea while they are manning their stalls, or entertainers prepared to give their services free on one of the performance stages.”

Residents who are interested in volunteering can call the council on 01702 215119 or email lisaferne@southend.gov.uk.

For more information about the event, visit www.facebook.com/officialsouthendarmedforcesdayevent or follow @SouthendAFD on Twitter.

 

WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE

THE events which will make up Southend Armed Forces Day:

* Friday, June 27: Tag Rugby competition in Chalkwell Park, from 10am to 4pm, featuring teams from schools in Southend and Southend Spartans rugby club. Stalls will also be set up, raising money for military charities.

*Saturday, June 28: Parade along the High Street, followed by entertainment and military exercise displays. All between 10am and 5pm. Also, a 1940s vintage fair at the end of Southend Pier.

*Sunday, June 29: Seafront salute at City Beach, followed by beach touch rugby tournament, from 10am to 6pm. Live music and other fun and games.

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12:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

Give it a wide berth...
Give it a wide berth... John Right
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12:52pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Joe Clark says...

I hope everyone who has respect for our Armed Forces past, present and future will be out in force to show our pride in what they do not just for us but also the humanitarian work they undertake.

Make Southend proud people and show the world that we here in Southend stand up and support our Armed Forces give them the backing they deserve, show your support by giving me a tumbs up if you agree with me.
I hope everyone who has respect for our Armed Forces past, present and future will be out in force to show our pride in what they do not just for us but also the humanitarian work they undertake. Make Southend proud people and show the world that we here in Southend stand up and support our Armed Forces give them the backing they deserve, show your support by giving me a tumbs up if you agree with me. Joe Clark
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Broadwaywatch says...

We are spoilt for choice that weekend ......Armed Forces Day one end of town
and the long established Leigh Folk Festival the other.
Cant say there is nothing to do that weekend.
We are spoilt for choice that weekend ......Armed Forces Day one end of town and the long established Leigh Folk Festival the other. Cant say there is nothing to do that weekend. Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Tue 10 Jun 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

I know this is going to seem (is?) churlish and mean-spirited but ...why? Its a long time since we had squaddies based in Shoebury ready to trash the Sutton Arms at a moment's notice and its not as if this area has been a traditional supplier of servicemen in the way of, say, Glasgow and Newcastle. Sure this isnt more about the egos of the Council members rather than genuine appreciation?
I know this is going to seem (is?) churlish and mean-spirited but ...why? Its a long time since we had squaddies based in Shoebury ready to trash the Sutton Arms at a moment's notice and its not as if this area has been a traditional supplier of servicemen in the way of, say, Glasgow and Newcastle. Sure this isnt more about the egos of the Council members rather than genuine appreciation? GrumpyofLeigh
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3:03am Wed 11 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
Give it a wide berth...
There you go again. Just because you're not man enough to defend your country; typical yellowbellied leftie who leaves all the real hard work to others whilst sitting on the sidelines sniping at them.

Typical leftie. All mouth and no trousers.

i should think most people give you a wide berth with an attitude like that. Who gives you the right to slag off everything we hold precious in this country? I have noticed similar remarks from you in the past few days about people who provide vital services for the community and their country.

Were none of your family involved in any of the world wars or were they all cowards and so called "pacifists". Obviously nobody ever taught you a) any manners and b) any respect and you were certainly never brought up with any love of your country.

I genuinely hope that none of these people you regularly criticise, ever have cause to save your sorry @rse.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Give it a wide berth...[/p][/quote]There you go again. Just because you're not man enough to defend your country; typical yellowbellied leftie who leaves all the real hard work to others whilst sitting on the sidelines sniping at them. Typical leftie. All mouth and no trousers. i should think most people give you a wide berth with an attitude like that. Who gives you the right to slag off everything we hold precious in this country? I have noticed similar remarks from you in the past few days about people who provide vital services for the community and their country. Were none of your family involved in any of the world wars or were they all cowards and so called "pacifists". Obviously nobody ever taught you a) any manners and b) any respect and you were certainly never brought up with any love of your country. I genuinely hope that none of these people you regularly criticise, ever have cause to save your sorry @rse. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

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