Fit­ting trib­ute to town he­roes

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active -

IT WAS look­ing very grey and driz­zly dur­ing the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

The clouds were so low that a Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire, due fly over our town, had to stay parked up at Black­pool. But it takes a lot more than a few rain­drops to stop South­port’s Armed Forces veterans – and the crowds who turned up to cheer them on.

Armed Forces Day has grown con­sid­er­ably over the years, and it is a great oc­ca­sion to witness.

Or­gan­ised by the SSAFA Armed Forces char­ity, the event is made pos­si­ble thanks to lots of hard work from lo­cal vol­un­teers, and their work is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Even the weather even­tu­ally played its part, bright­en­ing up enough to al­low a mov­ing ser­vice to take place in front of The Atkin­son, be­fore col­umns of var­i­ous de­tach­ments formed up along Chapel Street.

There were peo­ple there rep­re­sent­ing The Army, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, cadets, serv­ing sol­diers, war veterans – all with their own part to play.

It was great to see hundreds of lo­cal peo­ple turn out to cheer them on as they pa­raded down Lord Street and other roads in the town cen­tre.

Cars waited pa­tiently to al­low the pa­rade to pass. Even the Spit­fire, after a two-hour de­lay, fi­nally flew over.

Remembrance Sun­day in South­port has al­ways been very well ob­served, but that is a time to re­mem­ber the fallen and the sac­ri­fices they made.

Armed Forces Day is a much more re­cent in­ven­tion, and it has the ex­cel­lent premise of cel­e­brat­ing all those who keep the rest of us safe and guar­an­tee our ev­ery day free­doms. Long may this cel­e­bra­tion con­tinue.

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