Look: How Armed Forces Day was celebrated in Hinckley

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 30 June 2021

ARMED FORCES DAY was celebrated on Saturday morning (26 June) in the Argents Mead park with a special service, parade, and military vehicle display.

The Armed Forces flag (Supplied: Armed Forces Day Media Kit)

It was arranged by the Borough Council and the Hinckley Combined Ex-services Association.

The service started at 11am, marking the start of the event – it was led by Reverend Gary Weston, near the Diamond Jubilee Band Stand.

It featured representatives and members of the local cadet forces, who further partaken in the march from the Park down to Station Road, subsequently following the main service.

Both the service and parade were livestreamed through Facebook Live for residents to watch from the comfort of their own homes.

Also in attendance were representatives from several regiments, nationalities, sections, and services.

Hinckley and Bosworth Mayor, Ted Hollick, came on down to the event, as did the Council’s Armed Forces Champions Councillors, Russ Roberts and Danny Findlay.

Military vehicles were put out on display around the park from 11am until 2pm, with some of them from the Thurlaston Cold War Collection.

The Free Press were able to snap a photograph of the vehicles, and some of the miscellaneous pieces of military clothing and accessories which were on display.

The military vehicles on display (Mason Moore / HFP)
The memorabilia (Mason Moore / HFP)

Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Tourism & Town Centres at the Borough Council, Councillor Keith Nichols said: “It is important to remember and recognise what the men and women in our Armed Forces have done and continue to do for us, so I am pleased we were able to go ahead with this event, adapted in line with COVID guidelines.

“Our armed services do a vital job in challenging situations and deserve all the support we can give them.”

Armed Forces Champion Councillor Russ Roberts, added: “It was great to see so many people attend the event even with the restrictions for social distancing, veterans and families.

“Another great event supported by the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Events team.”

Attached are further photographs, supplied by the Borough Council’s photographer, Jim Tomlinson.

Veterans in attendance (Jim Tomlinson / HBBC)
Mayor Ted Hollick (second from right) with Armed Forces Day Leaders (Jim Tomlinson / HBBC)
The special service being held (Jim Tomlinson / HBBC)

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