Thousands of people turned out to show their support for the troops at the Annual Armed Forces Day event held at Gang Warily Recreation & Community Centre in Fawley on Saturday 24 June 2017.
Special mention was made of local veteran Eric Pass who sadly passed away earlier in the year who was a regular attendee taking time to relay his experiences during the war to school children and other listeners.
The event sponsored by ExxonMobil, the Ministry of Defence and County Councillor Alexis McEvoy was opened by New Forest East MP Dr Julian Lewis with local people, local servicemen and their families and people from outside of the area attending.
The event which was free to attend featured live bands in the marquee, stalls, military displays, fairground rides, tank rides, bouncy castles, ferret racing and a petting zoo to keep both children and adults amused.
The Chinook fly past was slightly late due to a busy flight plan but much appreciated by the crowd who returned the waves from the crew on board.
Unfortunately due to the low cloud and gusting wind the planned display by the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Parachute Display Team for late afternoon could not take place but Steve Postlethwaite Clerk to Fawley Parish Council said” Whilst it was disappointing not to see the spectacular jump team in action it did not impact on what was a very successful day.”
Chairman of Fawley Parish Council Cllr Bob Wappet said, “We would like to offer our thanks to everyone who came and in particular we would also like to thank local businesses, local service regiments and volunteers on the day for their continued support of the event.”
Next year will be the tenth Armed Forces Day National celebrations and we hope everyone will join us on Saturday 30 June 2018.
Photos taken by Elisha Boothman