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Veterans’ parade launches Armed Forces Day in South Gloucestershire

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Published: 20/06/2014

A veteran’s parade with marching band and military vehicles will kickstart South Gloucestershire’s celebrations for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28 June.

The parade, which begins at Kimberley Road in Kingswood at 11.25am, will finish in Kingswood Park where there will be performances, stalls and activities for all the family to enjoy including an array of military vehicles for children to clamber over.

Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Howard Gawler, will officially open the free event and a salute will be taken by Group Captain Jon Osborne who will also inspect the troops gathered in the park for this special occasion.

A ‘Drum Head’ remembrance ceremony, officiated by the Rev. Canon Peter Huzzey will take place at 12.15pm. This will be followed by live performances from solo artists Rachael Hunt and Katie Salt, a community choir and the 93 City of Bath Air Training Corps band.

There will be activities for young people at Kingswood Park including an inflatable slide and climbing wall as well as blue light vehicles including fire engines and police cars.

Cllr Gawler said: “Armed Forces Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. From D-Day veterans to cadets and those who have returned from tours in Afghanistan, this is our chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

“It is also a great day out for all the family and I hope that many people will take the opportunity to join us at the celebrations in Kingswood Park.”

As well as celebrating the contribution of serving personnel, Armed Forces Day also aims to highlight the contribution that ex-service personnel bring to their communities, including the valuable transferable skills they bring from their service careers. The day provides a great opportunity to bring our military community and local communities together.

Other events in the district to mark Armed Forces Day include two Raising of the Flag Ceremonies on Monday 23 June. The first takes place at the Royal British Legion, Staple Hill at 12.30pm. The second takes place at Kingswood Civic Centre at 2pm and features a piper and choir from Kingswood’s Park Primary School.

For more information about these events please call 01454 868152 or email

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