Armed Forces Day

23rd-24th June 2018


Weston-super-Mare is showing its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets, with a two day event happening on Beach Lawns.

Held on the same weekend as the Air Festival, the event will feature displays by the Royal Marines, as well as the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Plymouth, the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Pipes and Drums, local cadet groups, and The Marionettes.

We are still confirming some of the details, but the full itinerary and timings will be available nearer the time.

Supported by Weston-super-Mare Town Council and Weston BID.


Appearing at Armed Forces Day are:

Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Plymouth (Saturday 23rd June)

Royal Marines Band Plymouth is located in HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy Initial Training establishment in Torpoint, Cornwall. Being situated on HMS Raleigh enables the band to fully support the training base where the band provides music for the weekly passing out parade on Raleigh Divisions. Britannia Royal Naval College also use the services of RM Band Plymouth for their passing out parades for Royal Navy Officers. Covering all Royal Navy basic training pass outs, RM Band Plymouth is present on every parade passing ranks out into the Royal Navy.

Located just over the water from HMS Raleigh is HMNB Devonport in Plymouth. Plymouth band regularly provide music for ship commissioning’s and home comings on the base. The presence of a military band is greatly appreciated by family and friends attending in support of serving personnel.

Support for Royal Marines Units is provided not only in a musical role on parades, but in a military role too. Currently that role is Chemical Decontamination, and the Plymouth band is trained and at two weeks’ notice to deploy alongside RM units should the need arise.

Concert bands, Jazz bands, big bands, dance bands, orchestras, string and wind ensembles are other combinations that Plymouth band provide to the Royal Navy and the public on regular occasions. The concert band performs varied programmes across the country raising money for charities supporting service personnel. Plymouth bands most notable concert is held almost monthly in the Roebuck theatre on HMS Raleigh. This concert is so well attended and supported in the local area that it is usually sold out.

Over the previous few years the band has been fortunate enough to perform around the world, including India, Abu Dhabi and Guernsey. Summer months involve the popular county shows where Plymouth regularly plays at the Cornwall and Devon shows. The band entertains audiences from some of the largest stages across the country annually, with 2018 set to include the Royal Albert Hall, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Royal Marines – (Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June)

The Royal Marines will putting on an Unarmed Combat Display in the arena area on both the Saturday and Sunday.

The Marionettes (Saturday 23rd June)

The Marionettes are a 3 part harmony trio, inspired by The Andrews Sisters and the Rat Pack. They will be entertaining the crowds with a selection of predominately 1940’s songs

Somerset Cadet Battalion Army Cadet Force (Saturday 23rd June)

The Somerset Cadet Battalion Army Cadet Force will be on hand to close proceeding on Saturday, with ‘The Silver Bugles’ sounding retreat.

Band of TS Weston (Weston Sea Cadet Corps), the Weston Sea Cadet Corps Junior Section and Weston Sea Cadet Corps – (Sunday 24th June)

Weston Sea Cadets will be appearing in the arena, to demonstrate a field gun run, and a club and cutlass display as well as a performance from their Band.

Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Pipes and Drums – (Sunday 24th June)

The Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Corps of Drums has been serving the people of Devon, and more recently Somerset, following the amalgamation of the two services, for over thirty years.

The second section is a marching band of approximately 20 members which plays as a separate Corps of Drums OR with the Pipe Band.

The Corps consists of approximately ten side drummers / buglers plus one bass and four tenor drummers. It is a group of men and women who have a love of military style drumming. Under the direction of Drum Major Ian Washburn BEM (ex Grenadier Guards) and Drum Major Dave Morley (ex Royal Marines) the Corps add style and panache to any formal occasion – be it a military style parade, carnival procession, mess beatings, wedding or bugle fanfare. We also perform with various concert and marching bands.

They attend the Annual Firefighters Memorial Service in St Paul’s London. The Corps has taken part in Military Tattoos and concerts across Europe and in front of royalty. The main event for the last 30 years has been leading a 60 strong combined band playing in Ypres, Belgium under the Menin Gate for the internationally attended Remembrance Day Parades in November.

Weston Brass (Sunday 24th June)

Founded in 1963, Weston Brass are a traditional amateur brass band based in Weston-super-Mare, with around 28 regular and enthusiastic players from all walks of life. They put on concerts across the South West and take part in several contests a year with other bands from around the country.