PICS: ‘Amazing’ turnout to Mansfield Armed Forces Day celebrations

A bunch of happy cadets at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
A bunch of happy cadets at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Residents turned out in force in Mansfield to pay tribute to UK servicemen and women and mark Armed Forces Day.

Vintage revellers at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Vintage revellers at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The event proved a huge success with hundreds of people flocking to the town centre for the event on Sunday, June 26.

Visitors were treated to a wealth of activities and entertainment including a RAF hurricane fly-past, army vehicle displays performances from wartime songbirds The Cherry Belles.

Union Jack flags, which were given out for free, were waved as residents sang Hope and Glory and We’ll Meet Again and the crowd cheered a parade through Market Place.

Members of the Mansfield branches of the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, cadets and other groups were also on hand to represent the town’s Armed Forces personnel.

Musical entertainment at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Musical entertainment at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Sue Rogers, from Mansfield Business Improvement District, which organised the event, said: “It was great to see so many people coming out to celebrate our Armed Forces tribute.

“The town centre was extremely busy nearly all day and we’ve had lots of great feedback.

“For many people, the highlight was seeing the RAF hurricane perform a flypast over our town, while for others the parade was a extremely moving experience.”

“Many people joined in the activities, proving Mansfield has a fantastic community spirit.”

The military equipment was always popular at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The military equipment was always popular at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The event was repeated in towns across the UK as part of the annual celebration, now in its ninth year.

It aims to encourage a party atmosphere but also showcases battles fought over many years and demonstrates what support is available to ex-service personnel within the community.

Alan Cox cheered on the Mansfield and District Drum and Bugle corps parade with his son Cody, aged seven.

He said: “We couldn’t believe it when we turned into Market Place and saw how many people were here.

Harley Goodman has a go at painting toy soldiers at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Harley Goodman has a go at painting toy soldiers at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

“They’ve really pulled out all the stops this year, especially with the vehicle displays which the children loved.

“I think it’s so important young people are educated about sacrifices made for their freedom.

“You can’t help but feel proud of Mansfield and the UK in general.”

Pam Brennan said: “I made my grandchildren come down and I think they were surprised at how much there was to see. There was a great atmosphere.

“Anything that encourages donations to charities like the Royal British Legion is a good thing.

“It was really nice and emotional to see serving soldiers and veterans alike turning out, dressed in uniform with their medals. It makes you proud.”

Musical entertainment at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Musical entertainment at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Musical entertainment at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Musical entertainment at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The military equipment was always popular at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

The military equipment was always popular at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Kids got to see if they knew which were Spitfires and Hurricanes and which were Messerschmitts at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Kids got to see if they knew which were Spitfires and Hurricanes and which were Messerschmitts at the Armed Forces Day event in Mansfield, United Kingdom, 25th June 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley.