Town prepares for military spectacular

PUBLISHED: 07:06 21 June 2014

Red Arrows

Red Arrows


FIVE hundred Royal Marines, the Red Arrows display team, and a host of community performers and military aircraft will make it an action-packed weekend on Weston seafront.

Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Day will deliver dozens of displays, performances and activities throughout the two days.

But before all that, the event launches today (Saturday) with a huge display of military might and the bestowal of a rare Weston honour.

Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando will march in formation – and led by the Royal Marines Band – through the town to Princess Royal Square.

Once there, they will be granted the freedom of Weston, a ceremonial honour last granted back in 1969.

Thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the streets to watch the procession alongside dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and the Deputy Commandant General of the Royal Marines.

The parade will begin at 10.30am, and arrive on the seafront at around 11am. Formal ceremonies will be completed at 11.40am, and be followed by a helicopter fly-past, and an 11-gun salute.

A number of other aerial displays will follow throughout the weekend, with the Red Arrows at 4.45pm on the Saturday sure to be a highlight.

The Brietling Wing-Walkers, a Vulcan Bomber and a Battle Of Britain memorial flight are sure to attract big crowds too.

On the ground, displays range from Sealed Knot re-enactments to the Red Barrows comedy team, and from a concert by Weston Brass to performances from a tightrope walker.

It all promises to be a spectacular weekend – and a detailed event schedule can be found in this week’s Weston Mercury.

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