Doncaster honours forces with Armed Forces Day parade

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster
Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster
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doncaster showed its true colours when large crowds turned out to show their gratitude to the men and women who have defended our country.

Hundreds lined the streets and shoppers took a break to clap and cheer the troops, standard bearers and veterans who marched smartly through the town centre on Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster. Ben Parkinson joins in the parade

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster. Ben Parkinson joins in the parade

The day began with the parade assembling in the newly-built Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

Then servicemen and women past and present made their way to the front of the Mansion House where Civic Mayor Christine Mills and Elected Mayor Peter Davies were standing on the steps with other dignitaries to take the salute.

The 300-strong parade was led by the Corps of Drums, and marching with them were various mayors from the region, a contingent of the Royal Logistic Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force cadets, veterans’ associations, youth groups including Air Scouts and Girl Guides.

The march then proceeded to Doncaster Minster where a service of celebration was conducted by the vicar, Canon Paul Shackerley, and the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, also gave a sermon.

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster

After that it was time for fun and games on the Minster lawn as children got the chance to go on the funfair and have donkey rides while older visitors were able to mix with some of the armed forces to hear about life in uniform.

The event ended with a bugler sounding the Last Post and the flag being lowered after two minutes’ silence to remember the fallen.

Among those attending were local MPs who joined the parade led by the Civic Mayor.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, who holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy as a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, said: “Armed Forces Day is an important national event and Saturday’s parade gave the people of Doncaster the chance to honour and celebrate both our serving soldiers and our veterans.

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster

Armed Forces Day Parade in Doncaster

“It’s important, too, that members of the armed forces - past and present - are aware of the country’s gratitude for all they have done and continue to do for people across the world.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, also a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, said: “Rosie and I were very proud that the Labour Government introduced a veterans’ day in 2006, which became Armed Forces Day.

“The event clearly recognises the importance of those currently serving and the obligations we have to those service personnel long after they leave active service.”