Sidmouth set to mark Armed Forces Day

SIDMOUTH will mark the UK s first Armed Forces Day with a special drumhead service tomorrow.

SIDMOUTH will mark the UK's first Armed Forces Day with a special drumhead service tomorrow.

The celebrations, re-named form last year's Veterans Day, have been organised by the local Royal British Legion (RBL) branch and residents have been urged to help make a "massively important day" a memorable one.

Chairman Dave O' Connor said: "We want as many people, young and old, to come along- the more the merrier.

There will be lots going on and it should work well, it's got to because we want it to be better next year.

"Any ex-servicemen, especially those who did national service would be most welcome to join us."

Representatives of the Armed Forces, led by Sidmouth Town Band, will march through town before the service at the Ham starts at 3pm.

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Veterans will be joined by representatives from the Royal Naval Old Comrades,Air and Army Cadets, local Scouts, Brownies and Guides and RBL members in the procession.

East Devon MP Hugo Swire will be march with the Sidbury and Sidford RBL branch.

From 2pm there will be stalls and games at the Ham, including a barbeque, face painting and a model railway.

A drill demonstration by the ATC and Tai Kwando display are also planned as well as performances by the Sidmouth Majorettes and Sidmouth Steppers.

The day will end at 6pm with the lowering of the union flag.

On Monday, Sidmouth joined hundreds of communities across the UK as new East Devon District Council chairman Graham Liverton raised the Armed Forces Day flag to mark a week of events and celebrations.

Funds raised tomorrow will go to the Help For Heroes charity.