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Weymouth Town Council awarded £10,000 by MoD in big boost to town’s Armed Forces celebrations

The Ministry of Defence have awarded Weymouth Town Council £10,000 to support the Council’s annual Armed Forces celebration, taking place over Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June.  

As an addition to this year’s event, Armour and Embarkation will kickstart the weekend on Friday 21st June. They are a military vehicle group who will bring a fantastic convoy of WWII military vehicles which will park up at the Jubilee Clock on Weymouth Seafront. Everyone is welcome to come view the vehicles, ask questions and immerse yourself in the experience of many WWII vehicles in one location. They will be at the Jubilee Clock from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. 

Saturday sees the arrival of the Dorset Military Vehicle Association who will parade their historic military vehicles on the Pavilion Forecourt from 10am to 3.30pm, with music and entertainment from the era. Come along and watch the historic vehicles leave the forecourt and give them a cheer as they parade along the Esplanade. There will also be various charity and awareness stalls set up on the Esplanade throughout the day. 

On Sunday at 11am, Weymouth Seafront with host an open-air service for veterans at the Cenotaph, followed by a parade along the seafront with marching bands and military vehicles. If you would like to take part in the service and parade, please click here.  

Throughout the afternoon, there will be entertainment including marching band performances, the display of historic vehicles along the seafront along with the stalls. Then on Monday 24th June at 10.30am, the Armed Forces Weekend concludes with a flag raising ceremony held outside Weymouth Town Council’s offices at the New Town Hall, Commercial Road. 

Weymouth Town Council’s Assistant Town Clerk, Charmaine Denny said: “We are honoured that the Ministry of Defence has recognised Weymouth’s flagship Armed Forces Weekend attended by so many residents and visitors, and we are grateful for the generous grant of £10,000 which will go towards putting on an event of this scale. 

“Coming so soon after the poignant commemorations planned for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, we look forward to welcoming veterans and their families to the town, filling the hotels and guest houses and recognising the incredible work that our Armed Forces continue to contribute to our country.” 


Notes to Editors 

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