More than 2000 people came out to enjoy the city’s first ever Military Show on Hove Lawns this Bank Holiday weekend. The free event, organised by the Brighton & Hove Business Forum and Sponsored by the Army and Hove Business Partnership wowed the crowds with dance displays, live music, 40s stalls, military vehicles and the irrepressible Max Miller!
Celebrating 65 years since the D-day landings, the ever popular USO Shows were out in force and got the public dancing along to some 40s classic swing anthems. And creating an authentic backdrop to the event, Generals “Patton” and “Monty” mingled with the crowds, bringing the era alive.
Children and adults alike were entertained with Hove’s ATC 176 Squadron Marching Band, and the City’s new Mayor, Cllr Ann Norman opened the show by saying that it was wonderful to commemorate this important time and bring history to life to a whole new generation.
Bringing the shin-dig to a rousing finale, on-lookers were captivated by the stunning melodies of the Clover Sister. A trio of 40s clad beauties singing the hits of the decade in perfect tune. The show coincided with the last weekend of the Brighton Festival, adding to many eclectic and diverse events throughout the city. Event organiser, Assistant City Centre Manager Maddy Carr said, ’It’s wonderful to see so many people here enjoying themselves, and from so many different generations. There’s a fantastic atmosphere and we hope to be able to do it all again next year....only bigger!’
Gavin Stewart, Hove’s Town Centre Manager said, ‘This show really adds to a burgeoning events calendar for the west of the city. Hove is marking itself out as a great place to visit and the Military Show 2009 proved to be a real hit for the whole family.’
For more information about the Military show contact Maddy Carr on 01273 735442.
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