Show your support for Armed Forces day

Dakota flypast at last year's Armed Forces Day in Welland Park, Harborough
Dakota flypast at last year's Armed Forces Day in Welland Park, Harborough

People are being urged to show their support for the forces of the past, present and future by attending Armed Forces Day in Harborough on Sunday.

Taking place in Welland Park, Armed Forces Day in town is now in its fifth year and is organised by the Armed Forces Day committee.

The Rev John Morley, from the organising committee, said it is shaping up to be a great day. It will get under way at 10am with the opening ceremony taking place at 10.30am with a welcome from the High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Sally Bowie, and Air Commodore Martin Halsall.

Carnival Queen Billiemay Laver will be making an appearance on the day and will be saying a few words.

There will be a 1940s entertainer by the name of Peter Wayre who will be performing songs from the Second World War era as well as some songs from various musicals of the age.

All of the town’s cadet forces will be represented.

There will be a display by the Harborough Sea Cadets and there will be two performances by the Harborough Air Cadets band.

Harborough’s Army Cadets will also be putting on a display.

Market Harborough Musical Theatre will also be performing some songs and there will also be refreshments served and a variety of stalls.

Staff Sergeant Paul Swaine, who was injured in Afghanistan by an IED in 2010, will be giving a poignant talk.

There will also be a display by dogs from the Defence Animal Centre, a flypast over the park by a Dakota plane and the Royal British Legion standard bearers will be on hand.

People wising to donate to armed forces’ charities will be able to do so at the event, which is free to attend.

Rev Morley said: “It is not primarily a fundraising day. It is a day to help the community relate to our armed forces past, present and future.”