Support for Armed Forces at Littlehampton

Littlehampton Town Council and Harbour Park are, once again, showing their support for the men and women of our Armed Forces on Saturday June 30.

The event will be held on the seafront greens and Harbour Park.

Many local uniformed groups will take part in a marching parade on the promenade starting at 10.30am near East Beach Cafe, and then proceed to West Green where a Drumhead Service will be conducted.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Emma Neno said: “I would like to encourage as many people as possible to join in the parade from veterans to residents and visitors. It will be fantastic to see people showing their support for our service men and women.”

One of the highlights of the day is the Portsmouth Action Field Gun Run Club who, in 2001, resurrected the ‘field gun runs’ after the Royal Navy stopped it in 1999.

The group which is made up of civilians and ex-field gunners, has travelled far and wide to perform competitive field gun runs using the same drill, the same equipment and over the same course that their Royal Navy former gunners did for hundred years. Their displays promise to provide spectators with similar amazement often seen in British Military Tournament displays.

On West Green there will be arena performances from the Rose & Thistle Band and over twenty stalls from a variety of uniformed groups including a fundraising stall from one of the event’s charities ‘Help 4 Heroes’.

Local community members have also got involved including Ray Spooner and other members of the local branch of the UK Tank Club who are bringing along an incredible collection of miniature replica tanks which can be seen on East Green. Harbour Park will be open as usual with the added offer of discounts on rides to those in the Services.

Another highlight of the day will be the aerobatic flying display that will take place after 1pm over the sea. Two experienced pilots will be flying single engine aircraft and performing a series of jaw-dropping stunts for the crowd’s enjoyment.

Visitors will be able to step back in time inside the 1940s NAAFI tent where the essence of the era will be captured with rationing-style food and drinks and a live singer performing good old classics.

Other attractions include a re-enactment display in East Green by the Suffolk Living History Society which will be recreating the lives of the British Infantryman during WWII and a Strongman Competition in Arun Parade.

The Town Council’s Chair of Community Resources, Councillor Alan Gammon said: “This event is about honouring those who serve and have served our country, as well as providing a relaxing day that residents and visitors can enjoy with their friends and families.”