Weston-super-Mare Armed Forces Weekend 2017 schedule – everything you need to know

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2017

Royal Marine Commandos unarmed combat demonstration.

Royal Marine Commandos unarmed combat demonstration.


Weston-super-Mare’s Air Festival will provide a visual spectacular in the town’s skies – but the Armed Forces Weekend offers plenty for you to do too. This is what it is all about.

Michael with Royal Marine Commando Lee.Michael with Royal Marine Commando Lee.

The Armed Forces Weekend will once again take place on the Beach Lawns on June 17-18. It is formed around four components – a parade, the Armed Forces village, arena displays and a drumhead service.

Armed Forces Day was originally called Veterans’ Day, which was first observed in 2006. It was launched to ensure the contribution of Britain’s veterans was never forgotten.

The name was changed in 2009, to raise awareness and appreciation for those on active duty.

Jayden with Royal Marine Commando David.Jayden with Royal Marine Commando David.

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Although Armed Forces Weekend is held to coincide with the Air Day in Weston, it is generally observed on the last weekend in June throughout the rest of the country. The date of the inaugural event – on June 27 – was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the first Victoria Cross ceremony, which took place in 1857.

More support was pledged for North Somerset’s armed forces in 2013 when a covenant was signed. The aim was to ensure veterans were not disadvantaged and could access the help they need.

Marcus with Royal Marine Commando Cameron.Marcus with Royal Marine Commando Cameron.

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Weston’s Armed Forces Weekend is organised by a volunteer committee, with help from Weston Town Council, the Armed Forces and Cadet Forces.

The event will start with a parade at noon on June 17. It is open to all veterans, and will start by the Grand Pier.

The event closes with a service of reflection, and the lowering of the Armed Forces Day flag. This will take place on June 18 at 3.30pm.

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