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Goodwood Revival Victory Parade will pay tribute to local key workers

By Steve Banbury
24 August 2021
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Goodwood Revival will host its own Victory Parade on Sunday 19 September to celebrate and recognise the contribution of local key workers and service people. Some 150 vehicles – from tanks to motorbikes – will take part and be on display across the weekend.

More than 250 nurses, care professionals, medical and non-medical volunteers from vaccination centres will take part alongside members of the police, ambulance, fire and rescue services as well as representatives from the armed forces and cadets.

Goodwood Revival (17-19 September) announced that it will host the Victory Parade to echo celebrations that took place in 1946 to mark the end of World War Two. The 1946 event acknowledged the contribution of service people and civilians to the war effort. Now, 75 years on, Goodwood will use the occasion to pay tribute to and thank local key workers and service people.

The Revival Victory Parade’s Marching Column will be made up of approximately 250 local key workers and service people, including nurses, care professionals, medical and non-medical volunteers from vaccination centres, members of the local police, ambulance, fire and rescue services and members of all of the armed forces including cadets. The column will march from the Super Shell building and down to the Pit Straight, led by a military band.

Following behind, the Mechanised Column comprising over 150 vehicles will include motorbikes, tanks, Scammel lorries, half-tracks, amphibious vehicles, London buses, ambulances, fire engines, police cars and staff cars; all of which will be on display on the Lavant Infield across the weekend. The Lavant Infield will be themed as RAF Westhampnett, celebrating the history of the airfield prior to the creation of the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

As they make their way down the Pit Straight, both the Marching and Mechanised Columns will come to a halt and the Duke of Richmond will deliver a speech in honour of the key workers, thanking them for their dedication and tireless efforts over the past 18 months. A short film acknowledging the contribution of military and public services during the Second World War will also be shown.

About Goodwood Revival

Celebrating bygone days, vintage fashion and wheel-to-wheel racing, Goodwood Revival is the only historic race meeting, staged entirely in period dress. It takes place at Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester, West Sussex.


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