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Loughborough shows respect for Armed Forces

  • Armed Forces Day 2018

Loughborough saluted the Armed Forces on Saturday (June 30) as it held events in the town centre to mark Armed Forces Day.

The event, organised by Charnwood Borough Council and supported by Love Loughborough, included a display of military vehicles and equipment and an art installation called  ‘Tommy’ which saw 100 military boots planted with flowers by the local community and displayed in Market Place alongside a silhouette of a WW1 soldier.

Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s Armed Forces champion, said: “It was a fantastic day and everyone has been incredibly supportive. I particularly enjoyed the display of 100 boots filled with flowers as I thought they looked simply wonderful.

“Armed Forces Day is important because it is an opportunity to show our respect for the bravery, commitment and dedication of our armed forces personnel, both those serving and our veterans.

“We must remember all they do, not only at times of conflict but also in peaceful times when their assistance is called upon. They are always there for us.”

The event also included a range of vehicles from the Land Rover Club, face-painting, a display of military artefacts from the Loughborough Carillon Tower Museum and Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club tea tent which offered refreshments in return for donations.

There were also a number of stalls including the Royal British Legion Riders Branch who displayed their bikes and promoted the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

The military vehicles were brought along by the 158 Royal Logistics Corp Regiment, 203 Loughborough Transport Squadron.

The boots used in the art installation were donated by the 32 Regiment Royal Artillery (The Wessex Gunners) and members of the Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club.

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