Picture Gallery: Showing support for our armed forces
SUPPORTERS of the armed forces turned out in their hundreds as Harborough once again honoured them at the celebration of Armed Forces Day in Harborough.
Those who turned out on the day were treated to a host of entertainment, music and a triple flypast by a Dakota.
The day aims to honour Britain’s armed forces from the past, present and future.
In Harborough’s Welland Park where the event took place there were performances from the band of the 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron Air Training Corps, Youth Brass 2000 and Peter Wraye who sang 1940s songs.
The opening ceremony was performed by Admiral Sir James Perowne who gave a speech.
He was followed by Carnival Queen Katy Darby.
The Rev John Morley, of the organising committee, said: “Katy was brilliant. She gave a short speech from a young person’s point of view and expressed her thanks from her generation to all the people who have served in the forces, particuarly those in Afghanistan.”
Standard bearers from the Royal British Legion gave a display and the day was closed with a sunset ceremony and a speech by Cllr John Everett, chairman of Harborough District Council.
Mr Everett said: “Armed Forces Day gives the local community a chance to express their support for the sacrifice and dedication of the armed forces, past present and future.
“The event was very memorable, with representatives of the three forces, young and adult, all there.
“As chairman, I was very happy to express these sentiments in the closing ceremony.”
The Rev Morley said: “It went extremely well. We had a good crowd of people throughout the day.
“The weather was very kind to us which was the main thing.
“I would like to say thank you to all the members of the general public who showed up.”
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