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IN PICTURES: Honouring our heroes

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Armed Forces Day commemorations in St Annes attracted hundreds of people to Ashton Gardens.

After two years, Coun Ed Nash, president of Fylde Veterans, the Armed Forces member on Fylde Council and St Annes town mayor, feels the event is now well-established as a fixture on the calendar.

“It couldn’t have gone better,” he said.

“The weather was ideal and the Gardens were packed with around 1,500 people, three times more than we had last year.

“The Armed Forces Day was designed to appeal to young people and families. There were lots of activities to make it a great afternoon out, and the good weather helped too.

“It is, of course, 70 years since D-Day and 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

“There has been a great surge of support for the work of the military in recent months and years, and I am glad so many people could come along to attend the event.”

The day’s events included a parade and the raising of the Armed Forces flag, while attractions included a display of military vehicles from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the chance to meet and interview veterans about their experiences, and the displaying of the silver drum presented to the army by the Lytham St Annes Urban District Council in 1926.

There was also music from the First World War era, while a barbershop choir also entertained, and the Ashton Pavilion was turned into a special NAAFI cafe for the afternoon.

Coun Nash is now planning to stage a candlelit vigil, involving all religious denominations, at the war memorial in Ashton Gardens at 11pm on Monday, August 4, 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, and he is asking potential participants to contact him on (01253) 781775 or 07940 853215.

 

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