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Spitfire flypast planned for Armed Forces Day Celebrations

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Published at 10:19am 13th June 2018.

Weymouth will be marking Armed Forces Day with a special series of events later this month.

The three days celebration will feature 2,000 marching veterans, a walking band and a Spitfire flypast.

The festivities will kick off on Saturday 23rd June, from 10am with an impressive Historic Military Vehicle Convoy.

Richard Kosior, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's Tourism and Culture Brief holder, said: "Weymouth and Portland is very proud to have the event skills and community support to stage one of the country's leading and most popular annual veteran's events."

"The borough and its residents embrace every aspect of the celebrations and looks forward to giving a warm and hospitable welcome to many thousands of veterans, armed forces personnel and their visiting family and friends from around Britain and overseas."

The former Mayor of Weymouth is an ex-serviceman.

"Having been in a conflict myself, I can actually empathise with what they're actually going through. I find it very moving."

"We've got to commemorate and celebrate to remember those who take part in all those events. I think it's important to remember history because if you forget history, there's no future."

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Stands and displays full of information from various veteran's agencies and charity organisations will be on show for visitors to learn about the important role they play and how to support them.

There will also be a '1940s comes to Portland' event from 1pm to 4pm at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland with music provided by singing group The Decadettes.

For more information, visit www.visitweymouth.co.uk.

 

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