“Must-see performance” from Royal Marines band Collingwood at Lowestoft’s Armed Forces Day
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Lowestoft will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by soldiers over the years at an event to mark Armed Forces Day.
The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood will be performing on Royal Green on Saturday, June 24, as part of the commemoration.
It will be the first time the band - which performed at the London Olympics in 2012 and also at events celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - has played in the town and it has been described as 'a must-see performance' by event organisers.
This year will be the 12th time Lowestoft has celebrated Armed Forces Day and it is expected to attract around 2,000 people.
Victoria Schofield, area manager for Cottages.com who volunteers to organise the event, said: 'This year's Armed Forces Day at Lowestoft's Royal Green will be bigger and better than ever. It's a really family-friendly day out, and a chance for the town to say thank you to those who have served our country.
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'The festivities start at 10am and we have so much in store this year, it's going to be incredible. We are thankful to Lings Honda, based in Lowestoft for helping to sponsor the event.'
The celebration is a national event showing support for those who are currently serving - or have served - in the armed forces and their families.
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Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk Major Philip Hope-Cobbold will be at the event and the Army bomb disposal unit 33 Engineer Regiment 821 Squadron will be carrying out a special display. Other highlights include Terry Arlow and his replica Spitfire - which will be on its first outing in East Anglia since it was damaged in a road accident. Mr Arlow has spent over a year repairing the replica plane.
Local serving forces personnel will also be at the event, which runs until 4pm, along with service charities and military and cadet units and the Forces Recruitment Team who will be able to talk to anyone interested in a career in the armed forces.
There will also be food and drink stands, a bouncy castle and other activities for children.