Home   News   Article

‘Wonderful’ Armed Forces Day




Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow
Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow

Suffolk residents were out in force on Saturday to show their support for the county’s military community.

Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, formally opened Suffolk Armed Forces Day, held this year in Stowmarket.

Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow
Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow

Thousands of serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans, cadets, civic dignitaries and civilians came together to enjoy the many free activities on offer, which included music by the Stowmarket Concert Band and Wattisham and RAF Honington Military wives’ choirs, and performances by the Suffolk Regiment Re-enactors and Ipswich Diamonds Majorette Troupe.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, who had joint responsibility for overseeing the event, said: “It was a thoroughly fantastic afternoon and a wonderful occasion.”

He said the Battle Stations activities kept youngsters entertained all day and the reenactment group’s demonstrations of the fire power our forces had during the world wars was ‘really interesting’.

He also praised singers from Combs Ford Primary School for giving a ‘wonderful performance’ and the Stowupland High School band who also took part.

Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow
Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow

Flooding in some areas saw military heritage vehicles brought onto the main field which Cllr Brewster said brought everyone together and added to the atmosphere.

“Yes the rain came in the evening and the evening performance was cut short, which was a shame, but it didn’t detract from the day,” he added.

Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow
Suffolk Armed Forces Day at Pikes Meadow
Suffolk Regiment Living History Society at Suffolk Armed Forces Day
Suffolk Regiment Living History Society at Suffolk Armed Forces Day
Stowmarket Concert Band at Suffolk Armed Forces Day
Stowmarket Concert Band at Suffolk Armed Forces Day


COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More