SOUTHEND will host a parade to mark Armed Forces Day for the first time in three years following the Covid pandemic.

Active servicemen and women, veterans, and residents are being invited to pay their respects to the Armed Forces community as the annual parade returns to the city centre.

The event will take place on Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 25, with the parade taking place in high street followed by a short service. Celebrations over the past three years were cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year’s return is extra special as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Mayor of Southend Kevin Robinson said: “I am so pleased this event is able to return safely and that we can once again show our support to the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community, from troops currently serving to service families, veterans, and cadets.

“I hope as many people as possible come into our city centre for the service, to do Southend proud and pay respect to the brave men and women locally who serve in our armed forces.”

The procession of forces personal will start underneath the railway bridge in the High Street at 10.30am.

They will then march to Victoria Circus, where the Rev Frank Smith will conduct a public service.

There will then be a Last Post, Royal Artillery Association gunfire, Reveille, and music from both adult choirs and members of the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs.

Mr Robinson highlighted the importance of the event due to Southend’s long and proud military history.

He said: “Southend has a long and proud military history, with Shoebury Garrison playing an important role in both world wars and fishing boats from Leigh aiding the Dunkirk rescue effort.

“Also, this year sees the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

“I am sure many people want to show their gratitude and appreciation to all those that served during the Falklands conflict in 1982.”

Armed Service personnel who wish to take part can email