Exmouth's Armed Forces Day 2017... in pictures
PUBLISHED: 13:31 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 05 July 2017
Armed Forces Day in Exmouth - held on Saturday in The Strand - is being hailed a success that went 'close to plan'.
Although attendance figures were slightly down on previous years, an enthusiastic crowd saw the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines arrive at 10.30am.
This was followed by wreath-laying at the war memorial, led by Cllr Brian Cole, the Mayor of Exmouth, and Sir Hugo Swire, the recently re-elected Conservative MP for East Devon.
The Mayor then officially opened proceedings, encouraging the crowd to ‘join in and enjoy the day’.
He hoped that the event would ‘raise a good amount of funds, not only for the Royal Marines Association [RMA], but also for all the other service and non-service charities attending the event’.
Then the band put on what the mayor described as an ‘excellent display’ by ‘wonderful musicians’, who did ‘a good job to start the event’.
The day featured military stands – including the Royal British Legion, the armed forces charity SSAFA and various cadet organisations – and many charity stands.
Entertainment included a performance from children from Beacon Primary School’s orchestra and a flypast by an RAF Chinook helicopter.
Both Cllr Cole and Sir Hugo Swire enjoyed the event.
“It is an important day for Exmouth,” said Cllr Cole. “We’ve got a lot of Exmouth people named on the memorial and it’s our duty to make sure that they are not forgotten.”
“It’s important we don’t blur this with Remembrance Sunday when we come together nationally to commemorate those who have given their lives for the country,” said Sir Hugo Swire.
“Today is slightly different. It’s about thanking our serving armed forces – and our veterans – for the job they do on all our behalves, so it’s a day of celebration rather than commemoration.”
“The day did go to plan, even with the flypast of the Chinook helicopter, brief though it was,” said an RMA spokesperson.
“Things went well with the parade, which was well supported, both by cadet forces and veterans.”
Final fundraising figures are still being compiled, but the RMA spokesperson said feedback from the military and charity stands was positive.