PHOTOS: Exhibition celebrates Armed Forces Day

The Armed Forces Day exhibition at Kingsley School. Pics: Graham Hobbs. The Armed Forces Day exhibition at Kingsley School. Pics: Graham Hobbs.

Monday, June 30, 2014
3:24 PM

North Devon Veterans Association organised the three-day exhibtion at Kingsley School in Bideford.

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The Armed Forces Day exhibition at Kingsley School. Pics: Graham Hobbs.The Armed Forces Day exhibition at Kingsley School. Pics: Graham Hobbs.

MORE than 1,000 people visited an exhibition at Kingsley School for Armed Forces Day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The three-day exhibition organised by North Devon Veterans Association saw visitors from local schools and members of the public.

Angela Gilbody, treasurer of the Veterans Association, said she was ‘very pleased’ with how the exhibition had gone.

“We had quite a few people coming in and Lord Burnett, who opened the exhibition, spent several hours there and was very impressed,” she said.

“Kingsley School have been very kind to us and they looked after and fed the troops who had travelled to be there.

“There is a high possibility we may move to Barnstaple next year as one of the secondary schools has expressed an interest in hosting the event.”

The event showcased veterans’ experiences and allowed visitors to ask questions about their experiences including World War II, the Falklands and Afghanistan.

There was also a variety of military equipment and memorabilia on display as well as more than 500 pictures and live demonstrations.

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, visited the exhibition on Saturday and spend time talking to veterans.

He said: “It is always an honour to be invited to attend events such as this which showcase the hard work and dedication of our veterans.

“It was particularly inspiring to see the large number of visitors engaging with the event and taking the opportunity to learn more about the men and women who have fought for our country.

“I am pleased that this annual exhibition is going from strength to strength, as I think it is a valuable tool to enable people, young and old, to learn more about our veterans and to gain a real understanding of their experiences.”

To view more photos from the day click the gallery link on the right of the page.

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