Organised by the Southend Carnival Events on behalf of the Council, the Southend Armed Forces Day event will celebrate and honour our service men and women past and present.
On Saturday 30 June, Southend High Street will welcome a number of groups including: Normandy Veterans association, Veterans’ Breakfast Club, Royal Naval association, armed forces charity SSAFA, Sea Cadets, Westcliff Royal British Legion, The Air Training Corps, 217Fd Squadron, Royal Engineers and the Royal Air Force Association among many others.
Families and visitors are invited to join the celebration alongside veterans, community groups and the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Derek Jarvis.
The celebrations will start with a parade (muster 10:30am) from Southend Central railway bridge. Leaving at 10:45am, the parade will finish outside the Victoria Shopping Centre at 11am for the Service of Thanksgiving including the firing of the Royal Artillery Regiment gun to mark the start and end of the silence. There will be a choir performance from Midday and live music from 1pm to 4pm.
Charity stalls, display stands and First World War storytelling will also take place across the High Street all day.
Council leader John Lamb said: “We have a rich military history in Southend-on-Sea, and we are proud to celebrate the lives of all our service men and women, past, present and future.
“In previous years we have enjoyed a wonderful weekend of events, and this weekend will be no exception.
“This year we are also marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. We will be remembering those who lost their lives serving our country, during one of the deadliest conflicts in history. We cherish this opportunity to remember and thank them with veterans and members of the public alike.”
Further information about the event can be found at www.visitsouthend.co.uk
Those attending will be able to use the public car parks located near Southend High Street. Please note that London Road, from College Way to the Odeon Cinema will be closed to traffic from approximately 7am to 5pm.Arrangements have been made for the taxi rank to be temporarily relocated to suspended bays outside Santander.