Large crowds gathered in St Helens’ green-flag award winning Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon as the Borough paid tribute to the armed forces community.
The free Armed Forces Day event – which formed part of the St Helens 150 events programme – started with a parade involving armed forces representatives, veterans and cadets – before a packed programme of events and entertainment got underway, with plenty on offer for all the family to enjoy.
Attractions on the day included live music from the Victoria Park bandstand from the Lancashire Artillery Pipes and Drum, the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Band, and local school choirs – while vintage military vehicles, a funfair, climbing walls and an inflatable assault course also went down well with the thousands of visitors in attendance.
Meanwhile, a ‘Great Get Together’ event hosted by the Friends of Victoria Park – in association with St Helens Rotary, W & B Cakes and the Bouquet Residence – also took place in the park that day, with flower arranging demonstrations, a Victoria Sponge Cake competition and a free yoga demonstration among the attractions.
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Hailing the day a success, St Helens Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Lynn Clarke said: “It was a great honour for us to stage such an occasion in recognition of our armed forces personnel who give so much to their county for our freedom and safety – and I’m delighted the event was so well received, with people of all ages coming out to show their support.”