Armed Forces Day to be held in Thornbury

December 19 2017
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AN annual event to honour the contribution made by past and present members of the armed forces will be held in Thornbury for the first time in 2018.

AN annual event to honour the contribution made by past and present members of the armed forces will be held in Thornbury for the first time in 2018.

Armed Forces Day has until now been marked in South Gloucestershire in either Kingswood or Staple Hill, with each taking its turn to host a parade and range of activities.

The 2017 event in Staple Hill was attended by some 16,000 people throughout the day.

Now South Gloucestershire Council wants it to become more far reaching and from 2018 it will rotate between three locations once Thornbury becomes a venue. 

Pat Savage, treasurer of the South Gloucestershire Armed Forces Day committee, said: “The day honours the contribution made by current members of the armed forces and by veterans of all ages.

“It raises awareness in the community of the work the military do, the skills that can be learned by joining the forces and how those skills benefit the community on leaving the forces.

“As well as the parade through the town, there will be a wide variety of stalls, stands and activities on the Chantry field. The event is free to enter and has something for all the family.”

The event will take place on Saturday, June 30. 

Photograph courtesy of Rich McD