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Special branch team to help keep people safe at Felixstowe Armed Forces Weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:20 21 June 2017

Up to 200 re-enactors will perform at the event for Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Felixstowe. Picture: RUSTY ALDWINCKLE / SEALED KNOT SOCIETY.

Up to 200 re-enactors will perform at the event for Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Felixstowe. Picture: RUSTY ALDWINCKLE / SEALED KNOT SOCIETY.

RUSTY ALDWINCKLE

Extra police will be on duty at Felixstowe following recent terror attacks as the resort hosts the largest Armed Forces Weekend event in the region.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber officially raised the Armed Forces flag outside the Town Hall in Felixstowe. This was followed by a short service at the seafront War Memorial in commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Picture: SCDC Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber officially raised the Armed Forces flag outside the Town Hall in Felixstowe. This was followed by a short service at the seafront War Memorial in commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Picture: SCDC

Tens of thousands of extra visitors are expected to pour into the seaside town for two days of living history re-enactments, live music, an air display, fireworks and other attractions on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, to celebrate the personnel and roles of the Army, RAF and Navy fromthe past to present day.

Suffolk police say there is no specified risk or threat to the event but there will be hi-vis police patrols and other officers from special branch on covert operations to ensure security at the event, which is expected to be attended by large numbers of military personnel and their families to join the fun.

Following the attacks in Manchester and London, Suffolk Constabulary’s specliast officers have been carrying out a structured and detailed analysis of locations and events in the county, liaising with officers across all forces.

Insp Andy Pursehouse, South East Locality Inspector, said work had been done to assess risk and assess threats in regard to the Armed Forces Weekend at Felixstowe but there was “no intelligence” to suggest any problems were envisaged.

He said: “There is no specific threat to Felixstowe and we are happy that everything is in place. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and we will be policing the event in an appropriate manner.

“We will have hi-vis officers on patrol during the day and evening and some officers will be working covertly to make sure everything is safe. We don’t want to scare the public but we would ak people to be aware and be sensible.”

The events along Felixstowe seafront and at Landguard Fort will mark both Armed Forces Weekend and also the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort, the last opposed seaborne invasion of England, with a re-enactment of the battle by the Sealed Knot and English Civil War Society involving 200 re-enactors in a thrilling spectacle with cannon, muskets and swords.

Organiser Paul Grant said: “Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend is an event not to be missed. There is something for everyone. Come and enjoy a wonderful weekend of free entertainment and fun beside the seaside.”

Earlier this week Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber officially raised the Armed Forces flag outside the Town Hall in Felixstowe. This was followed by a short service at the seafront War Memorial in commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

The Armed Forces Weekend is a community event, which is being supported by a variety of organisations such as the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant, Royal British Legion, Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk County Council, Landguard Fort Trust and the Royal Marines Association, as well as Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The official event guide can be found here including the timetable for each day, useful travel information and much more.

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