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Sussex prepares for Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day will be marked in Brighton and Hove with a parade from the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment.
The Freedom of the City Parade is part of a summer programme of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Events will be going on throughout the day on June 28 on New Road, including performances of vintage and wartime music from Vintage 5 Live and Rockabellas.
Soldiers from the First Battalion of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and the Band of the Blues and Royals will begin their march at the Peace Statue on Hove seafront at 11am and will follow a route along the seafront, through West Street and North Street, before arriving at New Road at around 11.20am.
A spokesperson for the Regiment said: “The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment is thrilled to be streng thening its links with Brighton once again “The Council, along with the people of Brighton, have been exceptionally supportive of The Armed Forces and we see this as a great way to celebrate Armed Forces Day.”
Following the Freedom of the City Parade will be a veterans and cadets parade and inspection on New Road.
Rolling road closures will be put in place along the route while the marches take place to try and keep disruption to a minimum.
There will also be a Chattri exhibition at the Unitarian Church in New Road.
A talk will be given at the exhibition on how India became involved in the First World War and how some of the soldiers came to be hospitalised in Brighton.
Letters written by the Indian soldiers who were hospitalised in Brighton will be read out by residents.
Outside the church there will be a range of tables with information on the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, armed forces charities and armed forces cadets.
Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove Council, said: “These events are to remember the huge sacrifices people made fighting injustices, hatred and intolerance in the world wars.
“It commemorates the casualties of conflicts since and recognises the continuing valuable work of servicemen and women today.”
The start of Armed Forces Week was marked with a flag raising ceremony at the County Ground in Hove.
l Horsham Armed Forces Sunday will be held in the Carfax in the town centre between midday and 4pm. More than 20 military vehicles will be on show.
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