Residents urged to show support for soldiers with events to commemorate Armed Forces Day

Last year's Armed Forces Day event on Royal Green in Lowestoft. Picture: Denise Brady Photography.

Last year's Armed Forces Day event on Royal Green in Lowestoft. Picture: Denise Brady Photography. - Credit: Archant

Events paying tribute to the sacrifices made by soldiers over the years are being held tomorrow to mark Armed Forces Day.

Last year's Armed Forces Day event on Royal Green in Lowestoft. Picture: Denise Brady Photography.

Last year's Armed Forces Day event on Royal Green in Lowestoft. Picture: Denise Brady Photography. - Credit: Archant

The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood will be performing on Royal Green in Lowestoft as part of the town's commemoration.

It will be the first time the band 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.

David Brown is preparing for another Armed Forces Day event at his home in aid of Help for Heroes. P

David Brown is preparing for another Armed Forces Day event at his home in aid of Help for Heroes. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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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.

And in Burgh St Peter, near Beccles, charity baker David Brown will be staging his annual Armed Forces Day fundraiser.

Mr Brown, who has been selling cakes and chutneys with his late wife Pat for the past eight years, celebrated raising £50,000 for Help for Heroes last July.

And now he has got his sights set on the £100,000 milestone, vowing to continue fundraising in his wife's honour.

Since last year's Armed Forces Day event, a further £9,000 has been raised for the charity.

And Mr Brown will be throwing open his doors again tomorrow from 8am to 3pm, in the hope of boosting it to £10,000.

He said: 'This is the highlight of the year for us, and it was always Pat's favourite one.

'A lot of my regular customers from Beccles come as well as people from the village and they have a cup of tea, a cake and a natter.

'We usually raise about £1,000 and it would be great to do that again.

'Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier.'

The couple were inspired to start fundraising through their daughter Sally Williams, who has served in the army for more than 20 years. After being so moved by the soldiers they met, they decided to support the charity, which helps wounded military personnel.

As well as chutneys and cakes there will also be a tea tent, a raffle with prizes donated by Beccles businesses, books, jigsaws and a jumble sale.

Mr Brown also holds dozens of other local stalls during the year, and will be at Sotterley Fete the following day on Sunday.

Anyone who would like to attend the event is welcome to turn up at The Owls, in Mill Road, Burgh St Peter.

To stay up-to-date with Mr Brown's fundraising, search for Dad's Help for Heroes Page on Facebook.

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