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Free armed forces event on 29 June

19 June 2019


Gosport will celebrate its armed forces community with a free public event in Walpole Park on Saturday 29 June from 10am to 4pm. A High Street parade and flag-raising ceremony with field guns, marching platoon and cadet units will take place from 10.45am to 11.15am.

Spearheaded by local volunteer Bob Bartlett, who organised the first Gosport Armed Forces Day last year, this year’s event is made possible by a partnership of statutory, military and charitable organisations.

Bob said: "As the poppy appeal organiser of Gosport I have always been amazed at the generosity of the people from this town. With so many veterans from all branches of the military living here we owe it to them to have a special day for them here, as well as for all those still serving and their families."

The theme for this year’s event is: "Gosport Armed Forces Community – Celebrating Contributions to Our Past, Present and Future." Attractions will include a Sentinel steam lorry, military vehicles and armoury, interactive technology for young people, support information from armed forces charities, music and more.

Cllr Marcus Murphy, Armed Forces Champion for Gosport Borough Council, said: "I’m really looking forward to the event and hope many people will turn out to support this day of appreciation for our armed forces community."

Captain John Voyce, Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, said: "It's an honour and privilege for my establishment to be part of the borough’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.  The service men and women at HMS Sultan are always inspired by and grateful for the support Gosport gives us. Thank you to all who organise and attend the day – it means a lot to Sultan and all members of your armed forces."

Since HMS Sultan commissioned on 31 May 1956, it has played a significant role in Gosport and the surrounding area. Home to the Royal Navy’s marine and air engineering training schools, it was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1975.