4,000 celebrate Armed Forces Day

THE 11th Tameside Armed Forces Day was bigger and better than ever.

An estimated 4,000 people attended the annual event at Victoria Park, Denton.

There was a strong military presence from both past and present members of the armed forces.

They included many of the 7,500 ex-service personnel living in Tameside.

The 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery brought a light gun and six-wheel Pinzgauer high-mobility all-terrain military vehicle.

And the 75th Regiment Royal Engineers came with a SV military truck.

A record six cadet forces from the police, army and air force also attended.

There was an abundance of activities including arts and crafts, climbing wall, axe throwing, archery and laser tag.

In the bandstand there was music from Denton Brass, Dave Egerton Band and signer Jo Lancaster.

A spokesman for Tameside Council explained there were a lot more activities than usual with an expanded area utilised for the event.

He said: “We were really happy with the way it went.

“It would not have been a success without the support of so many other organisations including the generous grant we receive from the Ministry of Defence to help stage the event.”

Armed Forces Day, formerly Veterans’ Day, is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.

Veterans’ Day was first observed in 2006 and the name was changed to Armed Forces Day in 2009.

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