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Brighton & Hove’s Armed Forces Day Celebrations this Weekend!

Although Armed Forces Day was officially last weekend, we are holding our event this Saturday (3rd July) to coincide with the Sussex vs. Bangladesh cricket match at the County Ground in Hove. The day will include parades, live music, activities, displays, military vehicle exhibitions and of course, cricket! It promises to be a fantastic occasion and I, for one, shall be coming along to show my support. All money raised will be going to the excellent Help for Heroes charity which provides support to servicemen and women wounded in action. The itinerary for the day is as follows:

Gates Open – Cadets and members of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment will have buckets for donations 
Toss of the coin with army representative 
Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment The Tigers – Parachute Display Team will dive into the ground with the match day ball 
The match between Sussex and Bangladesh begins
Lunch break begins.  
Veterans will enter the field of play on military vehicles followed by the cadets’ parade lap of the ground, salutes and the cadets’ inspection by the Lord Lieutenant  

I think it is incredibly important that our armed forces receive as much public support as possible for the incredibly difficult work that they undertake and events such as this can only help to foster that support and understanding.

Wear your poppy with pride

poppiesThis is always a special time of year for me as we collectively remember those brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom and democracy. But it is even more poignant when we are embroiled in a bitter war in Afghanistan. The shooting dead of five soldiers yesterday was a stark reminder of what is at stake and illustrates just how important it is that we give our troops all the support they need in what are incredibly trying conditions. What I’m sure they don’t want to hear is elected politicians undermining their efforts by describing them as a “misadventure” and a “farce” as my fellow Councillor – Ben Duncan of the Green Party has done over on his blog.

For Remembrance Day and this year I am really looking forward to attending an event at Whitehawk Primary School. This means a great deal to me because this is the school where I first met Henry Allingham for last year’s Remembrance Day. It is very sad that Henry has since passed away but I’m sure his memory will live on for all the young children who met him that day, as it has for me.

Finally, I would just like to say how relieved I am that Gordon Brown has performed a u-turn on the proposed funding cuts to the Territorial Army. I visited the barracks in Dyke Road a couple of weeks ago with the Mayor – Ann Norman – and they impressed upon us the seriousness of the proposed cuts. As I said above, at a time when we are fighting a war, all parts of the armed forces must be given all the support they need. As with the recent Gurkhas issue, the Government’s timing on this was poor to say the least.

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August 2022