PICS: Hundreds turn out to Kirkby Armed Forces Day celebrations

Pictured are Kaydon Matthews, 11 and Kaceyleigh Matthews, nine.
Pictured are Kaydon Matthews, 11 and Kaceyleigh Matthews, nine.

Kirkby residents flocked to pay tribute to the work of servicemen and women during Armed Forces Day.

The town held its event yesterday (Saturday, June 24) at Kirkby Plaza.

Entertainment from Andrew Randell.

Entertainment from Andrew Randell.

An Armed Forces Day service ran from 10am til 12pm, followed by a celebration of dance and music from the 1940s to 2000s until 8pm.

Representatives from the local branch of the Royal British Legion and other community groups were were also present.

To date, Kirkby has only ever hosted a small Royal Armed Forces event- but this year’s celebration was combined with an Ashfield Active event, resulting in a higher turnout.

Pictured includes Bill Woods, Alec Wright, John Richardson and Edwina Morris

Pictured includes Bill Woods, Alec Wright, John Richardson and Edwina Morris

Armed Forces Day event at Kirkby

Armed Forces Day event at Kirkby

Armed Forces Day event at Kirkby, enjoying the street painting are Katelan Prothero, two, Megan Gwynne, nine, Angel Wood, nine and Imogen Huffen, nine

Armed Forces Day event at Kirkby, enjoying the street painting are Katelan Prothero, two, Megan Gwynne, nine, Angel Wood, nine and Imogen Huffen, nine

Pictured is Tyler Gwynne, 10

Pictured is Tyler Gwynne, 10