North Swindon MP Robert Buckland welcomes the hard work of residents who have organised the Armed Forces Day this weekend in GWR Park, Faringdon Road, Swindon.
Last summer, I met with many of the groups and individuals who helped to organise one of the most important events in Swindon’s calendar: Armed Forces Day. These included, among others, representatives of the armed forces, veterans’ groups such as the Royal British Legion, the Reserves (or the Territorial Army as they were known until recently), Swindon Borough Council and InSwindon.
This year, I am honoured to be serving as the event’s patron and opening the festivities at Faringdon Park this Saturday. This is an excellent opportunity for our local community to show our support to the many brave men and women in the Armed Forces community who help to keep our country safe.
We are rightly proud of Swindon’s long-standing links with the armed services, and Armed Forces Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate those connections and remember the debt of gratitude that we owe to all those who currently serve in the military, but also Service families, veterans, and cadets past and present.
As ever, the event promises fantastic entertainment for everybody to enjoy. They’ll be musical performances by the Swindon Pegasus Band, the Great Western Youth Orchestra and the marching band of 2003 Sqn ATC. Ferozeshah A Company Army Cadets Corps of Drums and Silent Drill Team will also be making an appearance, as well as some martial arts demos from Tae Kwan Do Knights.
Weather permitting, they’ll also be Royal British Legion JUMP4HEROES parachute jump, and a cadets tug of war competition. There’s going to be plenty to keep the children occupied too, with a funfair, bouncy castle, nail and face painting, street dancing, interactive games from the Wyvern Theatre, and activities by streetgames.org.
It wouldn’t be Armed Forces Day without displays from the military, as well as a selection of classic cars and a full line up of military charities to answer questions and offer support to town veterans. Later in the day, they’ll also be a veterans’ parade followed by badges awarded to veterans by the town’s Mayor and Miss Wiltshire.
To all those involved in the organization of this year’s event, my thanks. The festivities will commence at 11am and finish at 5pm, so mark Saturday in your diaries now and I look forward to seeing you there!
On a separate note, please get in touch with my Swindon team on 01793 533393 if you would like to attend one of my advice surgeries. I hosted another very successful (and busy!) surgery last Friday (19 June), which was also my last at my Milton Road constituency office.
I’ll be hosting another at my new constituency branch office in Wood Street, Old Town on the 10 July.