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The Royal Society of St George and Seaford Town Council - a Fabulous Veteran's and Armed Forces Day

Submitted on 04 July 2018 by STC Officers

Again this year, Seaford Town Council and the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George (RSSG) as a joint committee, arranged the Veterans and Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June at the Martello Fields, Seaford for the whole of the District of Lewes with surrounding towns and villages.

It was a great success with the parade of Veterans and Cadets led by the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Band. Their presence setting the pace that the Chelsea Pensioners use really enhanced the whole of the parade and the following inspection. The inspecting officer was David Allam DL. As well as having been High Sheriff of East Sussex he is also Deputy Lieutenant for the County. He took the salute accompanied by Cllr Linda Wallraven, Mayor of Seaford, and Laurie Holland, President of the Seahaven Branch RSSG. The parade was commanded by Major Bob Peedle MBE, Chairman Seahaven Branch RSSG and of the Joint Committee. For the Inspection the General Salute, Last Post and Reveille were all sounded by a Trumpet Group from the Seaford Silver Band under the leadership of former Royal Tank Regiment bandsman, Christopher Goodchild.

The weather was superb, what a change for the wet and drizzly time we had in 2017. The event started at 11am and closed at 4pm during which time many people visited to witness the parade, see the stalls and the arena events. Thanks go out to the entertainment, the ‘Pop Up’ Singers, The Air Training Drummers, The Surrey & Sussex Drum and Bugle Corp, Rosie from Full Beam Productions, Nikki Bond School of Dance, the Seaford and Newhaven Sea Cadets, and Jim Edwards for organising the ‘Tug of War’.

Up front expenses for the day were met by grants from Newhaven Town Council, Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, Telscombe Town Council and the House Project Centre (Peacehaven). Surplus monies after the event are being given to the Forces Charity Combat Stress. Once again the Joint Committee extend their grateful thanks to all those who took part and everyone from RSSG and Seaford Town Council who turned up to help with the event. Car parking was in the hands of the Newhaven Station of the National Coastwatch Institute and safety marshals  for the parade came from the Seaford Bonfire Society.

This year not only were members of the Royal British Legion Seaford Branch, (who help to subsidise the cost of refreshments for the veterans and VIPs) and other local branches but we welcomed many veterans from elsewhere including members of the Eastbourne Veterans Breakfast Club. All the services were represented, Royal Navy, including Royal Marines, Army and the RAF, which is 100 years old this year. It is also 100 years since the signing of the Armistice following the First World War and this was emphasised by a TOMMY guarding the entrance to the Arena on the Day. The date 30th June is significant as it is recorded as the Day Sussex Died, the battle of Boars Head, 30th June 1916. ‘WE WILL REMEMBER THEM’.

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Cllr Linda Wallraven said 'It is a privilege for Seaford to host this event to celebrate the men and women of our Armed Forces past and present also recognising the 100 years of the signing of the Armistice as well as the birth of the Royal Air Force.  It made me very proud to watch the parade and inspect our veterans and young cadets on behalf of our town.  Thank you to everyone involved making this special day possible'.

Chairman and Parade Commander, Major Bob Peedle MBE said “It is so pleasing that so many from our local community get involved to help run this annual event which celebrates and commemorates those of the Armed Forces both past and present, and with the cadets on parade we are supporting the future. Reserve Saturday 29th June for next year’s event.”

For more information about the Royal Society of St George visit ‘www.royalsocietyof stgeorge.com’ or on facebook visit ’Seahaven Branch The Royal Society of St George.’

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