Shoreham Fort set for its military bonanza

SH 076014  Military History Weekend at Shoreham Fort, Fort Haven, Shoreham Beach. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140906-104458001
SH 076014 Military History Weekend at Shoreham Fort, Fort Haven, Shoreham Beach. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140906-104458001

AN EXPLOSIVE weekend of action is set to bring history alive inside Shoreham Fort.

Townsfolk are being urged to rally behind the 6th Military History Weekend as it looks set to kick off with a resounding bang on tomorrow (Saturday, June 6).

The friends of Shoreham Fort are applying the finishing touches to the free spectacle which will be staged at the heritage site, on Shoreham Beach, throughout the weekend.

And this year’s bonanza promises to be one of the biggest and best yet, boasting a plethora of attractions and displays for locals of all ages to sink their teeth – or bayonets – into.

Gary Baines, chairman of the Friends of Shoreham Fort, said: “We hope that hundreds of people will be able to come and join us and, by doing so, support the volunteers who work on organising this and other events the whole year, whilst looking after Shoreham Fort itself and helping to restore her to some of her former glory.”

There had initially been concerns that the Wild Life Festival – which is also running on Saturday and Sunday – could derail the military weekend.

However, Gary felt confident there was enough on offer to pull in the crowds.

He added: “This year, our event coincides with the newly-organised Wildlife Festival at Shoreham Airport but we know that local people hold the fort in huge affection and we hope to see a bumper crowd this year.”

To commemorate the 71st anniversary of D-Day and to launch the weekend, the fort will ring to the sound of a rifle firing at midday on the Saturday.

Every available armament will be fired on command, followed by 60 seconds of ‘fire at will’.

Other highlights include cannon firings by the Fort Cumberland Guard at noon, 1.15pm and 2.30pm on the Sunday, followed by an inspection of the troops and ceremony of the keys at 2.45pm.

Likewise, there will be displays by the Royal Sussex Living History Group and The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Re-enactment Society. Visitors can also take part in the Victorian-themed games and see military vehicles.

Youngsters will have plenty to do, with a mini airsoft range, allowing them to shoot replica BB guns, and a children’s parade.

People will also be able to marvel at Army Cadet Kitkar Display Team.

For full details, see here.

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