Colchester Armed Forces Day event details revealed

Army Global Response Force SOLDIERS ready to show off some of their skills as part of Armed Forces Day in Colchester.

The 16th Air Assault Brigade Combat Team is set to take over Abbey Field for the Colchester Garrison Show on Saturday June 25.

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the nation to show its gratitude and support for the military.

Highlights of the day will include demonstrations by the Parachute Regiment Red Devils free fall team, music from the British Army Band Colchester and a march by veterans and cadets from across Essex.

There will be key pieces of modern equipment on display, which will include an RAF Puma helicopter, artillery and a parachute-deployable field hospital.

On the march – father and son watch the march

There will also be an overview of the history of the garrison, which will be given by historians, who will also show the equipment and armament of the soldiers of the First and Second World Wars.

The action-packed day will culminate in a dramatic finale with a sparring demonstration.

The event will showcase the skills and equipment of the 16 Colchester Air Assault Brigade Combat Team, the British Army’s global response force.

Aiming - a soldier taking part in a combat demonstration in the last event

Aiming – a soldier taking part in a combat demonstration in the last event

This summer’s event is the fifth staging of the show, which is hosted by Colchester Garrison every two years.

It will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also offer refreshments, bouncy castles and free parking.

Colchester Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Ed Rankin said, “Armed Forces Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the connection between service members and the civilian community in which they live and work.

“The people of Essex are hugely supportive of the soldiers and their families, which we in uniform greatly appreciate.

“It’s important that the military give something back.

“The show promises to be an exciting, interesting and entertaining day which I warmly invite everyone to attend.”