A salute to heroes
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.”