Fawley Armed Forces Day
After a 2-year hiatus Fawley Parish Council was pleased to host Armed Forces Day at the Gang Warily Recreation & Community Centre in Fawley on Saturday 18 June 2022. Thousands of people came together once more to celebrate and show their support for our troops.
The Hampshire Caledonian Pipe Band kicked off the event with a wonderful performance to set the mood for the day. Opening speeches were received from Dr Julian Lewis MP and Hampshire County Councillor Alexis McEvoy followed by live music from Nicole Jade, Jus’ Jammin and The Mellowtones with a wide range of local stalls, military displays, fairground rides, bouncy castles, and a petting farm to keep both children and adults amused.
Hampshire Caledonian Pipe Band & HAAF Pilots – Fawley Parish Council
Attractions on the day!
New attractions to the show this year saw the Historic Army Aircraft Flight flying in a Scout AH Mk1 and War and Peace Displays bring a full-size replica SE5a, the incredible fighter plane of World War 1 and people were able to chat to the builder of the plane who was in full uniform.
Replica SE5a – Photo by Sammy Redford
Unfortunately, the unexpected weather changes on the day put a halt on our Hurricane Flypast and grounded all displays by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Chairman of FPC Cllr Alan Alvey said “It was great to see the community come together again and celebrate such a special day. This free to enter family event is funded through a range of grants and sponsorship as well as income from trade stands, with any shortfall being met from the Parish Council funds so special thanks go to; the Ministry of Defence, County Councillor Alexis McEvoy and ExxonMobil for supporting the event. I would like to thank all the staff in particular Kathryn Ashdown our Events Manager for their hard work in organising and putting on such a wonderful event. We hope everyone enjoyed it and that we will see you again next year!”