All march­ing to­gether

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Armed Forces Day -

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.”

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The Ash­ford Sea and Royal Marine Cadets Band, and re­servist Sgt Andy Roberts and Reece Why­brow, 10

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Ash­ford mayor Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree tours the event led by Piper Mike Grant, with spec­ta­tors in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Gurkha com­mu­nity

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May the Forces be with you

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