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Armed Forces Day in Haverhill goes off with a swing

Haverhill Armed Forces Day..... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2807897)
Haverhill Armed Forces Day..... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2807897)

Haverhill played its part in the Armed Forces Day celebrations in a number of different ways on Saturday.

To get things started a parade down High Street was led by the Phoenix Pipe and Drum Band from Watton and included standards for the Army, Navy and RAF services.

After a speech by the Mayor of Haverhill, Cllr Tony Brown, (a former Army man himself) flags were raised on the Market Square.

The Market Square, which was bedecked in red white and blue, also saw Haverhill Family History Group running children’s activities such as codebreaking and learning semaphore along with an exhibition about the stories of Haverhill people who served during the wars.

The Victory Sisters entertained the crowds with their songs, and costumes from the wartime years.

There was also representation from The Royal British Legion The Haverhill Army Cadets, St John Ambulance, RAF Stradishall and Kedington Air Memorial who also put on an exhibition, Ridgewell Aviation Association and the Leiston Sequence Dancers .

Shoppers could also appreciate Shudy Camps resident Mick Taylor’s range of armed forces related artefacts, the St Mary’s Church fete and various military vehicles.

The day was organised by a combination of Haverhill Town Council, the Haverhill and Thurlow Royal British Legion and the Haverhill Family History Society.

Cllr Brown said: "I saw many, many smiling faces. People really enjoyed themselves.

"It was terrific to pay tribute to our Armed Forces on Saturday."