Janet Goldsbrough-Jones is celebrating another successful Armed Forces Weekend which she said went brilliantly. This is the 9th weekend event Janet has organised although only the 5th including an Armed Forces Day.
Although Janet admits to being a terrible judge of crowd numbers she believes the footfall on Saturday must have been over 10,000. The entertainment only stopped for as long as it took to get instruments on and off stage. From 10.00 am until 9.00 pm non-stop entertainment was very well organised by all the people involved. Janet thanks them all – especially sound man Alan Williams.
Local Shoreham business Ricardo displayed their ex-military vehicles and there was an impromptu visit by a steam roller. There was a flypast from a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane flown by WingCo Paul Godwin. Paul flew from north to south down the length of the gardens, and waggled his wings goodbye over the sea. There were over 30 stalls and the Fire Brigade visited on Sunday.
The Drumhead Service on Sunday was as spectacular as ever and even the weather was kind. It was very sunny on Saturday but cloudy on Sunday as Janet prefers during the service.
Janet said: “ I don’t like my veterans to burn.”
Dignitaries attending the service included the High Sheriff, the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Worthing’s Mayor and many other Mayors and Chairmen from West Sussex and Brighton and Hove plus many councillors, some on their first event as members of West Sussex .
Janet said: “ It is always good to see the High Sheriff and, this year, the Vice Lord Lieutenant. Many Civic leaders from Worthing came, including Worthing Borough CEO Peter Latham.
“I was also pleased to see serving men, as well as our hundreds of veterans, and so many cadets – Sea and Marine Cadets from T.S. Vanguard, and Air Cadets from Shoreham, Steyning and Worthing.”
“I am still exhausted after the weekend, but it is so worthwhile when so many people appreciate the event.”