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Eye-catching convoy to take to the streets of Haverhill on Armed Forces Day

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A convoy featuring an array of military vehicles will once again wind its way through Haverhill as part of the town's celebration of Armed Forces Day.

Haverhill Town Council has put together the plans for the day, which falls on Saturday, June 26.

Prior to this, the annual Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony will take place on the Market Square on Monday, June 21 at 2pm.

Prayers will be said to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.

Inviting everyone to attend the socially distanced event, the mayor of Haverhill, Cllr Liz Smith, said: "Haverhill, once again, has the opportunity to show our support for all three services, veterans and their families.

"During this pandemic the armed forces have been critical in the rollout of the vaccination at home and abroad.

The Armed Forces Day convoy making its way through Haverhill in 2020. Picture by Wayne Symons
The Armed Forces Day convoy making its way through Haverhill in 2020. Picture by Wayne Symons

"They have also made a substantial contribution to the mass testing that has taken place.

"The Ministry of Defence confirmed that personal are involved in the biggest ever homeland military operation in peacetime.

"This is an example of the many roles that service men and women undertake, and often with no recognition.

"On behalf of the people of Haverhill we offer our gratitude and thanks."

Steve Macquillin at the Haverhill Armed Forces Day in 2020. Picture by Mark Westley
Steve Macquillin at the Haverhill Armed Forces Day in 2020. Picture by Mark Westley

On Armed Forces Day the convoy of military vehicles, emergency service vehicles and scooters will tour the streets of Haverhill leaving the arts centre car park at 11am, where residents can give them a wave and a cheer as they drive past.

The convoy will finish at the Market Square and here you can see some of the vehicles in close-up and talk to their owners.

Bring a picnic to enjoy in St Mary’s Churchyard as you are entertained by the Apple Blossom Vintage singers performing classic numbers from the 30s, 40s and 50s (at 11.30am to 12pm and 1.15pm to1.45pm) and the Cambridge Swing Dance Troupe.

At 1pm the flags of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will be raised on the Market Square.

Refreshments will be available from St Mary’s Church, with organisations such as the Royal British Legion and The Suffolk Family History Group present and the church tower will be open to visitors.

The Royal British Legion will be holding a raffle with prizes donated by town businesses and individuals.

n Haverhill Town Council has also announced that two Suffolkers born and bred, Ronald Walker, 60 and Melvyn Brown, 68 will raise and lower the Suffolk flag at dawn and dusk for Suffolk Day on Monday, June 21 on the Market Square.

The ceremonies will be presided over by Haverhill Mayor Liz Smith who will read the Suffolk Day proclamation.

She will be accompanied at dawn by Peter Isaacs performing a traditional Suffolk folk and Chris James, at dusk, reciting a poem he has written especially for the occasion. The ceremony will be recorded by Haverhill Town Council and available online for those who might find the 4.38am start too early.

Another special event for the day is a family workshop at the town council’s Haverhill Community Kitchen.

Shaun Hill, the kitchen co-ordinator will show participants how to make a classic Suffolk Fish Pie and sticky buns.

The mayor will sample the dishes and no doubt be wowed by the authentic taste of Suffolk. Places for the 4pm workshop can be booked by going to www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk.

Haverhill artists have been busy with their creative interpretations of the county and their work will be displayed in empty shop front opposite the Market Square.

Reproduced on vinyl will be a collection of photographs, drawings and paintings of some of the things most associated with Suffolk including representations of farmland, wildlife, landscapes and houses …in a certain shade of pink!

The outdoor gallery will also feature historic photographs of Haverhill from the archives of the Haverhill Local History Group and the Haverhill Group of the Suffolk Family History Society.’