Town prepares to mark war anniversary

FELIXSTOWE will echo to the sound of marching drummers and bands as it marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

FELIXSTOWE will echo to the sound of marching drummers and bands as it marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

The Royal British Legion is organising the event on Sunday, September 6 with events both on the seafront and at Landguard Fort, which was an active strategic military centre during the six-year conflict.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland, two days before the Allies declared war.

The aim of Sunday's event is to stage a family day with plenty to interest people of all ages - marking the special occasion and also telling the story of the war.

It will begin at 10.30am with a rousing parade of standard bearers, drummers, bands and youth organisations along the seafront from the Spa Pavilion to the leisure centre.

Then the event will move to Landguard Fort, where there will be a chance to watch the Long Melford Corps of Drums and Leiston Band performing at various times throughout the day, and browse around vintage military vehicles, stalls and wartime displays.

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Clare Baldwin, Royal British Legion community fundraiser for East Suffolk, said: “There will be entertainment and displays in the arena from 1pm, from majorettes to a theatre group and military music, with the main event at 3pm a musical display, and Beating the Retreat will close the programme at 5.30pm.”

Tickets for the Royal British Legion Day can be bought at the fort. Entry for those aged 16 and over is �3.50, concessions (over 60s and the disabled) is �2.50, children (aged five to 15) is �1, and under-fives can enter for free. The RBL Poppy Appeal will benefit from proceeds.

For more information call 01394 272645.

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