Armed Forces Day pa­rade

Spe­cial day held to mark sup­port

West Lothian Courier - - News - Courier Re­porter

A West Loth­ian cel­e­bra­tion of the armed forces was held in Liv­ingston at the week­end, fea­tur­ing a pa­rade, en­ter­tain­ment per­for­mances and in­for­ma­tion stalls.

West Loth­ian Armed Forces Day (WL AFD) was held as part of Armed Forces Day, the an­nual na­tional campaign that shows sup­port for the men and women of the armed forces past and present, in­clud­ing cur­rently serv­ing troops, ser­vice fam­i­lies, re­servists, veter­ans and cadets.

Alan Hamil­ton MBE, pres­i­dent of the WL AFD Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, said: “It’s an hon­our to be part of a group of in­di­vid­u­als who col­lec­tively work tire­lessly to de­liver an event on this scale, pre­sent­ing an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity of West Loth­ian to come to­gether to en­joy a free event and to give thanks to the men and women of our Armed Forces, past, present and fu­ture, for their ser­vice and con­tri­bu­tion.”

The event be­gan with the firing of the Royal Ar­tillery Cer­e­mo­nial Gun and the cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued with a pa­rade led by the West Calder Pub­lic Band fol­lowed by ac­tiv­i­ties for all to en­joy, in­clud­ing mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle and weapon dis­plays, in­flat­able as­sault course, in­flat­able paint­ball range, in­flat­able laser tag, and climb­ing wall and there was also mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment from a host of bands and artists.

Coun­cil­lor Tom Kerr, provost of West Loth­ian, said: “It’s a priv­i­lege for West Loth­ian Coun­cil to be in­volved in the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of such an im­por­tant event pre­sent­ing an op­por­tu­nity for West Loth­ian to say thank-you to HM Armed Forces for their con­tri­bu­tion and ser­vice.

“I ex­tend my thanks to all who have or­gan­ised, par­tic­i­pated, per­formed, con­trib­uted, sup­ported and at­tended to­day, help­ing to make this, the sixth West Loth­ian Armed Forces Day event, such a huge suc­cess.”

Cadet force Alan Hamil­ton MBE and Provost Tom Kerr with sea cadets

Mil­i­tary band These mu­si­cians joined the pa­rade in Liv­ingston Top per­former Singer Amy Hawthorn en­ter­tained the crowd

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