All marching together
Ashford Armed Forces day was about coming together and honouring the servicemen and women of our country.
And the day’s events surrounding the bandstand in the High Street were not dampened by Saturday’s heavy rain.
Ashford Royal British Legion chairman Popiraj Raisaid said: “Everyone enjoyed themselves, despite the weather.
“I think we had more than the expected number of people around.
“People enjoyed it when the weather was good. When it rained, everyone went inside. Then the sun came out, and everyone came out.”
The event included military vehicles, dancers and a concert, with mayor Cllr George Koowaree making a special appearance.
Ashford Concert Band performed for an hour at noon, war-veteran Maddy sang, and there was children’s dance courtesy of the Sagarmatha Gurkha Nepalese community.
Mr Rai said: “The Salvation Army and Gurkha Spice helped so much, and Maddy the singer was fantasic.”
The Ashford Sea and Royal Marine Cadets Band, and reservist Sgt Andy Roberts and Reece Whybrow, 10
Ashford mayor Cllr George Koowaree tours the event led by Piper Mike Grant, with spectators including members of the Gurkha community
May the Forces be with you