Watch the Surrey Heath Armed Forces Day flag raising on Monday 19th June

At 10.30 am on Monday 19th June, simultaneously with local authorities across the country, Armed Service personnel and veterans will join the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Valerie White, at Surrey Heath House at the raising of the flag to acknowledge Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June 2017.

The flag raising takes place on the lawn in front of the Council Offices. While being a short ceremony, it is none the less a quietly moving ceremony.

Stirring Armed Forces Parade up Guildford High Street inspires patriotic pride

I’m a bit slow in reporting on the Armed Forces Day parade on Guildford High Street on Saturday. All to do with the time taken to edit my video of the event, which still lacks sound – ah, well, practice makes perfect.

We arrived at the High Street in plenty of time for the parade which began at 11.30am, though nowhere near early enough to grab a good spot. We worked our way up through the crowds to the point almost underneath the clock just at the moment that the Prime Minister arrived. We later moved down the High Street to find a more convenient place.

Contingents from the Navy, Royal Air Force, Army, reservists, cadets, British Legion, and veterans marched proudly up the High Street, drawing applause and cheers from the crowd. The RAF Queen’s Colour Squadron impressed with the unison of their marching, while later in the parade some of the cadets, and even the reservists struggled to keep in step. No matter. That they were there was the important factor. I must admit to a welling up of patriotic emotion during the parade, a wonderful contrast to the tragic events unfolding in Sousse, and all the other troubles.

Here’s my short video of the parade and a few photos.

Armed Forces Day Display at Stoke Park, Guildford a resounding & popular success

We couldn’t see everything at Armed Forces Day at Guildford’s Stoke Park. With two stages – the Fringe Stage and the Main Arena, military display areas for the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, the Army, and so much more.

Now look, I’m a boy. I like chatting to soldiers and looking at military vehicles, as a result of which we didn’t see many of the events in the arena or on the stages. We did see the RAF Falcons parachute display team, and the Red Devils of the Parachute Regiment, and the fly past of a Spitfire and a Hurricane – very impressive all.

I reckon there must’ve been 50,000 people, or perhaps more at the event, all of whom seemed to be having a great day in the sun. I didn’t take that many photos, as was too keen on chats with the servicemen. Get Surrey have a good selection of images of the day. Here’s my photo montage of the day, plus a short video of visitors having fun on a Royal Engineers seven-person bicycle. [Silly me, the video wrongly says it’s a six-person bike].

Join the fun at National Armed Forces Day this Saturday in Guildford

AFD flagThis year the National Armed Forces Day is in Guildford on Saturday 27th June, about which Guildford say,

In recognition of the borough’s past and present military links, Guildford will host Armed Forces Day – National Event 2015 in various locations across the town. This fantastic day will offer fun for all the family with an exciting line-up of activities including: a service in Guildford Cathedral a parade, a parade in Guildford High Street, and a spectacular show at Stoke Park.

There’s a parade in Guildford High Street, while the main events are at Stoke Park, with appearances from Red Devils parachute team, the Red Arrows, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, along with static displays, demonstrations, and proms concert.

Excellent turnout for Fly the Flag for Armed Forces Day ceremony at Frimley Lodge Park

AFD flagA shower of rain isn’t a handicap to HM Armed Forces and veterans attending the ceremony of Fly the Flag for Armed Forces Day, held at Frimley Lodge Park this morning.

Fly the Flag ceremony is increasingly popular in Surrey Heath, this year supported by a large contingent of Armed Forces personnel, including Brig Allan McLeod – commandant of DCLPA at Deepcut, Lt Col Dan Rex – station commander at RMA Sandhurst, and the Mayor’s chaplain, Reverend Phil Parker of St Andrew’s Church, Frimley Green. The large crowd, including veterans, councillors, and supporters, mostly sheltered from the rain during the flag raising – not so the Armed Forces contingent.

National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June is being held at Guilford this year. The event list is at Guildford Armed Forces Day. Here are my photos of the ceremony at Frimley Lodge Park.,

Things to do 3: Join the fun at National Armed Forces Day in Guildford

ArmedForcesFlag2010Your chance to show your support for all our Armed Forces do is to attend an Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 27th June or Sunday 28th June. There are events all over the country.

This year the National Armed Forces Day is in Guildford on Saturday 27th June, about which they say,

In recognition of the borough’s past and present military links, Guildford will host Armed Forces Day – National Event 2015 in various locations across the town. This fantastic day will offer fun for all the family with an exciting line-up of activities including: a service in Guildford Cathedral a parade, a parade in Guildford High Street, and a spectacular show at Stoke Park.

There’ll be appearances from Red Devils parachute team, the Red Arrows, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, along with static displays, demonstrations, and proms concert in Stoke Park.

The Armed Forces Day flag is raised in Surrey Heath

This morning Surrey Heath held a flag raising event to recognise Armed Forces Day, which is this Saturday 28th June. The Council’s press release, issued today, says,

Armed Service personnel and veterans joined the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Bob Paton, on Monday June 23 when Surrey Heath Borough Council raised a flag for the UK Armed Forces. The specially designed flag, based on the Union Flag, was raised outside Surrey Heath House in Camberley ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28 June 2014.

In attendance were Lt Col Steve Tinlin, Commanding Officer, Princess Royal Barracks and Lt Col Charles Page, Assistant Commandant, RMAS as well as representatives from numerous war veteran groups, the Royal British Legion and borough councillors.

The Armed Forces Day flag was simultaneously raised at 10.30am by local authorities across the country and overseas where British servicemen and women are based.

Councillor Paton said at the ceremony: “It is an honour for Surrey Heath Borough Council to be able to show support for the men and woman who make up the Armed Forces community and work tirelessly around the world.  “The flag-raising event gives us the chance to show our support to the brave servicemen and women both past, present and future, and at the same time recognising the ongoing vital role played by the Armed Forces.”

I captured a few images of the event, see below