Armed Forces Day parade
Special day held to mark support
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