An action-packed weekend is being planned to say ‘Thank You’ to our armed forces – past and present.
Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend 2017 is being hosted this year by Suffolk Coastal District Council and is being staged in the seaside town of Felixstowe (which has its own fascinating military history) on Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 June.
The event will recognise the huge contribution made by our servicemen and women from the past until the present day – it will also mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort.
This historic event was the last time there was an attempted invasion of England, where foreign troops actually successfully landed on English soil.
Paul Grant, organiser of Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend in Felixstowe said:
“We are proud to be hosting this important annual event in Felixstowe, particularly as it falls on the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort.”
“This is our opportunity to celebrate our proud military history, while also thanking our armed forces, past and present. It promises to be a weekend for Felixstowe and Suffolk to remember for years to come.”
The full details of the programme are still being finalised – but it will include: Live music from choirs and military bands to an evening of pop and rock, military displays, food stalls, children's activities and fireworks, an air display, plus some thrilling battle re-enactments between the Dutch and English with cannon, muskets and swords, and lots, lots more.
Event details can be found on the Visit Felixstowe website.
The Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend is a county event, which is being hosted by Suffolk Coastal District Council and being held in Felixstowe.
This is a community event, which is being supported by a variety of organisations such as the Royal British Legion, Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk County Council, Landguard Fort Trust and the Royal Marine Association, as well as Suffolk Coastal District Council.