Conservative Spokesperson on the Brighton & Hove Civil Military Partnership Board, Cllr. Ann Norman, has expressed her disappointment at the Green Administration’s lacklustre plans to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
Armed Forces Day takes place this Saturday (29th June) and Brighton & Hove’s contribution will be information stalls at Jubilee Square during the morning and an exhibition about the Chattri Memorial at Brighton Town Hall.
By contrast, neighbours West Sussex took out a full page advertisement in the Argus to advertise their spectacular weekend of events at Steyne Gardens in Worthing, including military displays, military bands, marches and a flypast as well as an inspiring drumhead service.
Cllr. Norman said: “I welcome the flying of the Armed Forces Day flag from King’s House as an important symbol of support but I really do feel that more could have been done to celebrate the day itself. The signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant in Brighton & Hove was an important moment for the city and one of its aims is to forge closer links between the armed forces and local civilian communities. Armed Forces Day is the ideal time to be doing this and so I feel that this is a missed opportunity. With the centenary of the Great War rapidly approaching, I will be doing all I can, through the Partnership Board to ensure that the city sees some fitting commemorations next year for one of the most important moments in this country’s history.”