Armed Forces Day in Lowestoft

It was day of both awareness and reflection at the Armed Forces Day event in Lowestoft yesterday.

The event is organised by a committee made up of representatives from ex-service organisations, cadet forces and other organisations including the Royal British Legion.

Committee chairman Flt Lt Neill Ovenden, of the RAF Volunteer Reserves, said: 'It was a most successful day and the positive response we had from members of the public was extremely gratifying.

'We certainly lived up the motto of 'past, present and future' with veterans, current members of the armed forces and cadets all taking part.'

Mr Ovenden thanked everyone for their support.

There was a range of military vehicles on display and the main arena area was expanded this year.

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Displays throughout the day included those by the Pipes and Drums of the Royal British Legion, the Sea Cadet Corps, 469 (Lowestoft) Squadron Air Cadets and the Suffolk Army Cadets.

The traditional parade and drumhead service with band and standards took place at noon.

Civic dignitaries attending included the Mayor of Lowestoft Tod Sullivan and Deptuy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Major General John Sutherell.

It was a busy weekend for members of the Lowestoft branch of the Royal British Legion for as well as taking part in the Armed Forces Day event they also held a 90th anniversary party on Sunday.

They held a 1940's tea party event to mark both their 90th anniversary as a branch and the RBL. The Lowestoft and District branch is only one of seven in the country to have reached this landmark.

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