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Photos: Hundreds turn out for Armed Forces Day parade

10:36 25 June 2013

Bideford

Bideford's Armed Forces Day parade and flag raising ceremony. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

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A parade and flag raising ceremony was held in Bideford ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Armed forces day in Bideford.Armed forces day in Bideford.

MORE than 300 people turned out in Bideford yesterday (Mon) for Torridge District Council’s annual flag raising ceremony.

The event was held in the build up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday and saw a number of local organisations take part.

Led by the Tarka Pipe Band, veterans, cadets, Brownies and members of the Royal British Legion and Royal Marine Association marched down Bideford Quay.

Bideford Town Band also provided a bugler and veteran Clifford Coates read extracts from ‘For The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon.

The turnout for Armed Forces Day in Bideford.The turnout for Armed Forces Day in Bideford.

Councillor Tony Inch, chairman of the council, said: “On behalf of Torridge District Council I would like to thank everyone for attending this event.

“Armed Forces Week gives the nation as a whole the opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets; support which provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

“Conflict is never far away, and those involved now, in the past or who will be in the future, and their families, are in our thoughts and our hearts.”

After the event, ceremony members of the parade were served refreshments courtesy of Tesco.

The flag will remain flying all week.

Other events around North Devon

A number of other events will also be taking places across North Devon to mark Armed Forces Day.

Kingsley School will be hosting an event on Saturday on behalf of the North Devon Veterans Association.

The event from 10am until 5pm on Saturday will include a chance to inspect weapons, equipment and images, and meet and chat to wartime veterans.

The day is free and will be opened by Bideford Mayor Simon Inch at 10am, with a special drum service in memory of the fallen at 11am.

Lucy Goaman, of Kingsley School, said: “In effect, it’s a mini Imperial War museum is being set up as a ‘pop up’ exhibition, right on our door step here in North Devon.

“Chivenor military base and their tanks will be on site to guard the exhibition – so we are all ready to be impressed with the event and its exhibits.”

On Monday, July 1, The Coaching Inn in South Molton will host the launch of a new book promoting the Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion … and one small Branch in Devon, is the brainchild of South Molton branch chairman, Colonel Paddy King-Fretts.

The book will give a small history of the legion, poppy and cenotaph as well as information on the women’s section.

The launch will run from 7.30pm and will include a signing by the author in the presence of South Molton mayor Stephen White, branch president Sir Hugh Stucley and other dignitaries.

For more information contact Printworkx Ltd, South Molton, on 01769 572502.

Are you attending any events for Armed Forces Day? Upload your photos and videos to www.eastnorthdevon.iwitness24.co.uk.

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