Town gears up for Armed Forces Day event
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 17:11 18 June 2012
WESTON is gearing up for an action-packed programme at this weekend’s Armed Forces Day event.
A World War Two Spitfire flyby, a cavalcade of military vehicles and a cadet tug of war competition are just three of the things going on over the two days of the main event on Saturday and Sunday.
With the previous event in 2010 attracting more than 14,000 people to the town, organisers are hopeful the number of people coming to this year’s spectacular will dwarf that figure.
The main performances and displays will take place on the Town Square, Italian Gardens, by the Royal Hotel and the Beach Lawns.
The Weston Town Council-organised event will be kicked off on Saturday at 10am in the Italian Gardens with a flag-raising ceremony featuring town mayor David Hitchins and MP John Penrose.
An arena at the Royal Hotel will feature displays from various cadet and military units, a World War Two Spitfire fly-by at 2.05pm and an inter-cadet tug-of-war competition at 2.50pm.
Other units and organisations will have stalls on the Town Square throughout the day, while there will be a flight simulator at Princess Royal Square and more displays and stands on Beach Lawns. On Sunday the day’s events will kick off at 9.30am and there will be a cavalcade of military vehicles and motorcycles at 10.30am at the Royal Hotel before a mass march of standards and cadets at 1.30pm.
A coast to coast motorcycle run will then arrive on Beach Lawns in the afternoon, with displays and stalls still at the various venues across the town.
Throughout the following week events will also be going on in and around the town.
Weston Museum in Burlington Street will host an exhibition showcasing the 90-year history of the Royal British Legion in Somerset, while the Helicopter Museum in Locking Moor Road will have displays showcasing the Falklands War.
The week’s activities will then be rounded off by an armed forces road show on Beach Lawns on June 29.