Tredegar Armed Forces Day 2011.



Tredegar Armed Forces Day 2011

Thank you everyone who braved the winds and showers on Saturday 18th June (was it really June?) to join with Tredegar Town Council in celebrating Armed Forces Day at Parc Bryn Bach.

How lucky we were that the crew of the Griffin helicopter from the Defence Helicopter Flying School were able to land. What a sight they made!

The crew of Steve Collins, Phil Hughes, Rick Cook and Ian Williams were all excellent ambassadors for the RAF.

We were fortunate to have excellent representation from the RAF in the form of Sqdn Ldr. Simon Lane and Jennifer from RAF St. Athan and a former member of our local ATC Division, now Group Captain Simon Ellard. He took the salute as the Parade marched past together with Tredegar Mayor Councillor Bernard Willis and Borough Mayor Cllr. Mike Bartlett.

Many thanks to all those organisations who turned up on the day - we managed to squeeze quite a few into the Visitor Centre out of the weather. But an especially big thanks to all those who braved the elements outside, Cat Rescue, the Twinning Association, The Canine Society and their Companion Dog Show who raised £90, the Military Preparation College who helped the RAF and ATC to raise the Flag and to Matt Lane from Mountain FM who nearly lost some of his equipment! The Thespians Punch and Judy gave everyone the laugh of the day! The fabulous exhibition by the pupils of Deighton Primary School will also be in the Library for the coming week. The only group who didn't mind the weather were the Newfoundlands!

The parade was led by Flight Lieutenant Chris Rundle RAF VR (t) Officer Commanding 2167 (Tredegar) ATC and we would like to offer our unending thanks to Chris and his team who have worked with us, behind the scenes, for many months and for the splendid show they put on on Saturday. To Mike Pescod, of the Royal British Legion, our thanks for being the Parade Marshal.

Special thanks to Fr. John Davis RBL Chaplain and to Victoria from St. George's for the Service and to the members of the Deanery who joined us for the day - but didn't get their picnic. Fr. John too was part of the team that put the event together over many months and his help is deeply appreciated. When I asked him what had happened to the weather this year his explanation was simple "He has to let us know who's in charge!"

As you would expect the amount raised for the Help for Heroes Appeal isn't going to be as much as last year - when we have the total we will let you know.

Many, many thanks from everyone at Tredegar Town Council to everyone who took part and turned up - we know that our support of the Armed Forces is appreciated by them and its just good to have the chance to show them that we support them, not just on Armed Forces Day, but every single day of the year.

Armed Forces Day 2011 photographs.