26, 2016 Video
& Photos: Dozens join Burnham's Armed Forces Day parade
of people from local service charities and cadet groups took part
in a parade through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 25th) to
mark Armed Forces Day.
parade along Burnham's Victoria Street and the High Street was
followed by a flag-raising ceremony and short remembrance ceremony
besides the town fountain.
by Burnham's MP James Heappey, who served as a major in the Rifles,
the event saw local service charities and cadet cores from across
the area taking part.
The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) also hold their annual
Brew For The Few coffee morning at The Railway pub during the
morning, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity. Burnham's
Royal British Legion branch also welcomed visitors to its HQ in
James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm absolutely delighted
that we had an excellent turnout of cadets, veterans and members
of the public who were showing their support for our armed forces."
important to note that Armed Forces Day is not a remembrance day,
it's a day to celebrate all of those who have served in our military
and who continue to serve in our military and all the things that
our military does in this country."
Heappey, pictured above, added: "It was great to see it so
well celebrated in Burnham. This year we proved there is an appetite
for a celebration in Burnham and, as pleased as we are with the
turnout, we'll work on an even bigger event next year and make
it a Somerset celebration of Armed Forces Day."
Bryan, President of the Burnham branch of RAFA (Royal Air Forces
Association), said: "We're delighted with how it went - there
was an extremely good turnout this year - and it was great to
see so many residents out waving flags as the parade went past
Mayor and Mayoress joined in the ceremony and parade
parade started at The Princess Theatre and moved along the High
Mayor and Deputy Mayor were near the front of the parade
numbers of people turned out to watch and clap those in the parade
flag ceremony took place next to the town's water fountain
wreaths were laid by local groups in honour of our armed forces
Mayor meets Burnham's sea cadets after the ceremony
Mayor also met local army cadets after the parade
numbers of spectators turned out to watch the event
trophy was also presented for the best decorated shop window to
Material Needs in the High Street, as pictured below.
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