Military history 
is brought to life

S23159H13 Left to right, Tim Warrener, Bill Simmons, Clem Allen and Robert Wrightson at Shoreham Fort Military History Weekend
S23159H13 Left to right, Tim Warrener, Bill Simmons, Clem Allen and Robert Wrightson at Shoreham Fort Military History Weekend

SHOREHAM Fort is celebrating its best annual Military History Weekend yet.

Crowds flocked to the fort, on Shoreham Beach, on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a range of displays and re-enactments.

Gary Baines, founder of the Friends of Shoreham Fort, said: “It was fantastic, it was really well supported. There were loads of people there. It was the best yet.

“We do it to get a military presence in Shoreham throughout the anniversary of the coronation. It launches Adur Festival, so we start that with a bang, literally.”

Displays included the Royal Sussex Living History Group, an attachment which is now part of the fort, an American World War Two re-enactment group and a visit from Queen Victoria.

Fort Cumberland, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and now the oldest re-enactment group in the country, thrilled the crowds, firing cannons and muskets.

Gary added: “When we had unallocated arena times, I took the children out on parade and taught them how to be soldiers. We had 30 miniature rifles made of wood for them to use.”

The history weekend was started four years ago with 200 invited guests from Shoreham Beach, and it grows every year.

“We had so many compliments about the family atmosphere and community feel,” said Gary.

“It was just great to get everyone together and to have the public support us with what we are doing.”

n Did you take photos at the weekend? Shoreham Fort would like to hear from you.

“We don’t get the chance to record the event ourselves because we are so busy on the day,” explained Gary.

Send your photos to info@shorehamfort.co.uk and letters@shorehamherald.co.uk