The Worthing Combined Ex-Services Association (CESA) yesterday (Tuesday June 24th) released the programme for the annual West Sussex Armed Forces Weekend event.
CESA are running the event on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th June on Steyne Gardens off Worthing seafront. They will have an information tent with their own displays.
On Saturday 28th things start off at 10.00 am with the stalls and displays open. Chesswood Middle School Choir will start the stage entertainment at 11.00 am, followed The Littlehampton Academy Steel Band. The 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of drums will march at 12.15 pm. The Bellydance Rocks ladies will give displays of their talents on two occasions. There will be an Air Sea Rescue exercise offshore at 2.00 pm followed by more live music until 7.00 pm.
At 3.40 pm the BBMF Spitfire will circle three times.
Meanwhile, on Saturday morning CESA will be on the Guildbourne site in South Street, with the 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums playing from 10.30 am then moving off to Steyne gardens.
Aside from all this entertainment there are lots of stalls, the ‘NAAFI’ tent selling hot food and drinks, displays by our local Navy and Air Force Cadets and more. The military vehicle display to the south of the gardens will include prototype military vehicles from Ricardo. If you meet strange people from films and television that will be the Iconic Legion with us for the day.
Altogether a wonderful family day out.
On Sunday 29th is the Drumhead service. The drums will be laid at 10.00am and visiting Mayors and Chairmen from West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Lewes, councillors and local Community Leaders will be present.
All veterans are welcome, and should sit on the right side facing the stage. Everyone should be seated by 10.40am as the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and Mayor and Mayoress, Vic and Rosemary Walker will enter at 10.45 am, and the parade of veterans and standards will march on.
This is a wonderful spectacle every year. There are always spare seats at the rear of the seating, and plenty of standing room. Lancing Brass (the band of Lancing Royal British Legion) will play during the service, and at 12.30pm or shortly after they will give a concert on-stage.
Deckchairs and seating available both days to watch the concerts in comfort.
The programme is subject to change, but programmes will be available for sale on the day.