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Published at 7:34am 13th June 2019.

The final preparations are being made for Weymouth's Armed Forces Day Celebrations.

Events are being held between Saturday 22nd and Monday 24th June.

Organisers Weymouth Town Council have been given support from the MOD, with a £5k grant funding towards this year's event, which will also feature a Spitfire flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 11am on Sunday 23th June to coincide with the start of the Service of Remembrance (subject to weather conditions).

'What's on'

The festivities will kick off on Saturday 22nd June from 10am, with a Military Vehicle Convoy and display on Weymouth Pavilion Forecourt joining a variety of ex-service associations and charity stalls and display on Weymouth Seafront (Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm).

This will be followed by a '1940's comes to Portland' event from 1pm-4pm at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland. Visitors will also be entertained by the singing group The Decadettes who will be singing songs from the era.

Cllr Graham Winter, Weymouth Town Council Mayor, said: "Weymouth is very proud to have the veterans associations and community support to stage one of the country's leading and most popular annual veteran's events."

"The Town Council 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."

'Parade'

One of the popular highlights of this year's Armed Forces Day Celebrations will be a major military parade with almost 2,000 proud marching veterans, marching bands and over 80 historic military vehicles on Sunday morning on 23rd June. This will be preceded by a service at the British Cenotaph on Weymouth Seafront with particular focus on 75th Anniversary of D Day.

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