Horsham’s Armed Forces Sunday organised by The Royal British Legion with support from Horsham District Council, took place on Sunday 1 July in and around the Carfax, Horsham Town Centre, with interest for visitors young and old.
A parade of Royal British Legion Standards, Veterans and local cadets was led into the Carfax by a military vehicle and the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps before a ceremony in front of the War Memorial.
Static displays of around a dozen historic military vehicles lined the east side of Carfax thanks to the organisers of the Capel Military Vehicle Show. Also in the Carfax were displays by The Royal British Legion, The Royal Naval Association, Horsham Community Responders and cadets from all 3 Armed Services.
Refreshments were provided by The Stout House who generously made a donation to the Legion.
The Royal British Legion Band Sussex provided some excellent musical entertainment on the bandstand in the morning and afternoon, closing their performance with ‘Sussex by the Sea’.
Nigel Caplin, Chairman of Royal British Legion said,
“I think the public enjoyed the event and I am especially grateful to the Surrey & Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps who put on a truly impressive display, and to Phil Harris and his Capel Military Vehicle Show team. I hope that those who visited left with a greater appreciation of our role in the community beyond being seen around the time of Remembrance.”
Just a small range of vehicles from those to be seen at the Capel Military Vehicle Show on 7 and 8 July created an impressive display in the Carfax with their organiser Phil Harris saying,
“I was delighted we were able to contribute such a great range of vehicles to Royal British Legion’s Sunday event and hope to see many of the visitors at our own event at Capel next weekend.”
Chairman, Councillor Peter Burgess, on behalf of Horsham District Council, and Nigel Caplin, Royal British Legion Horsham Chairman, addressed the parade before the Last Post was sounded and a One Minute Silence for the Fallen was observed.
Councillor Peter Burgess said,
“Today’s event delivered a delightful ceremony honouring the armed forces past and present. It was good to see so many attending and I would like to extend particular thanks to the marchers and the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle for a truly impressive display.”
The event’s road closure was managed by Horsham Time Well Spent partner ETMS Highways.