A salute to he­roes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ARMED FORCES DAY -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple flocked to Ayles­bury Rugby Club on Satur­day for the county’s Armed Forces Day 2015. The sun shone as rev­ellers en­joyed the­atri­cal dis­plays, mu­sic and aero­plane fly­overs at the event in We­ston Turville.

A tea room, beer tent and var­i­ous food and drink stalls kept happy civil­ians fed and wa­tered at the event, or­gan­ised by Bucks County coun­cil, as they mixed shoul­der to shoul­der with armed forces per­son­nel.

The day be­gan with a mov­ing flag rais­ing cer­e­mony and ended when 92-year-old Sec­ond World War vet­eran, ex-Desert Rat Ron Groom, was given the flag.

Ser­vice per­son­nel were grate­ful that so many peo­ple turned up to show their sup­port on a day made to hon­our the sac­ri­fices they have made.

Ferner Hicks, of The Western Front As­so­ci­a­tion Ox­ford and Buck­ing­hamshire branch, who are based in Chal­font St Giles, said: “It’s been good. Ev­ery­body’s here to en­joy them­selves, ev­ery­body’s very friendly.”

Barry Smith and Anne Snell, both from Ayles­bury, were there to celebrate and show sup­port to the armed forces.

Ms Snell said: “It’s re­ally good. There’s lots of good peo­ple here, there’s lots go­ing on. It’s a good fam­ily day out, isn’t it?

“It’s bring­ing ev­ery­one to­gether, and ob­vi­ously it’s armed forces dayy so we’re here to celebrate all day.” ”

Mr Smith said:d: “We’re here to sup­por­t­up­port the armed forces, s, past and present, and d all the peo­ple in the forces ces at the mo­ment.”

Mr Groom, speak­ing peak­ing af­ter he was given en the flag, said: “I thinknk it’s in­cred­i­ble the num­berum­ber of peo­ple who came e along to sup­port the arme­drmed forces,” es­pe­cially, he added, be­cause the coun­try ‘de­pends’ on its armed forces.

Mr Groom, who was a wire­less op­er­a­tor in the Desert Air Force mo­bile reader unit, added: “We should re­mem­ber those in the past and those giv­ing their lives to­day.”

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