Free Army Show sets to thrill Colchester

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Soldiers and military veterans are set to be the stars at the return of a free show marking the Armed Forces Day in Colchester.

The 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show will take place on Abbey Field on Saturday, June 29.

Looking back in the town’s military history, the event will also mark the 75th anniversaries of airborne operations at D-Day and Market Garden.

Historians will be present, showcasing the kit and weaponry of paratroopers during the two World Wars.

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Highlights of the day include static displays of high-tech military equipment, a field hospital that can be deployed by parachute, and a 105mm Light Gun.

The show will start at 11am with The Band of The Parachute Regiment striking up.

At noon, visitors will enjoy a display by The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils freefall team, followed by a march past by veterans and cadets from across Essex at 1.50pm.

The show’s dramatic finale will see in an explosive combat demonstration at 3.30pm.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison, said: “Armed Forces Day is a time to celebrate the link between the military and the civilian community in which they live and work.

“The residents of Essex are hugely supportive of soldiers and their families – which we in uniform are hugely appreciative of – and it is important that the Army gives something back in return.

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

The event is the fourth staging of the show organised by Colchester Garrison every other year and features refreshments and different activities for children.

Parking throughout the day and entrance to the event itself are free of charge.

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