Tredegar Armed Forces Day.


Tredegar Armed Forces Day 2010

2009 was the first year Tredegar Town Council participated in an Armed Forces Day. All be it a small event it still gave the respect and recognition deserved to all the Armed Forces members, and their families, for their brave service to our country.

On Sunday 28th June 2009 a parade was led by the T.A.s and the Gurkha Rifles, Brecon, from Tredegar Shopping Precinct to Bedwellty Park Memorial Gates. Here the casket containing the earth from Tredegar Hill - a momentous battle in 1944 in Burma during which the 6th Battalion South Wales Borderers captured Tredegar Hill - was handed to Richard King, a former member of the Royal Engineers. This casket was duly carried by Mr King with the parade to its temporary residence at St. James' Church for a short service of Celebration. This was followed by a march back to Bedwellty House for refreshments.

Sunday 27th June 2010 saw Tredegar Town Council continue to show its support for Armed Forces Day by making this year's celebration a Family Fun Day event at Parc Bryn Bach with the aim of raising funds for the Help For Heroes Appeal. Various activities such as a climbing wall, paintball experience, kayaks, tug-of-war and fun fair were available, some at a small charge with the proceeds where possible going to the Help For Heroes Appeal. Also there were stalls from local associations promoting their services set up in the main car park. We were very fortunate too in that so many other associations put on some fabulous displays such as the human "Punch & Judy" show by Tredegar Thespians; Companion Dog Show by Tredegar (Mon.) and District Canine Society; and the Newfoundland Dogs rescue display - as it was such a hot day there were plenty of volunteers wanting to jump into the Lake to be rescued!

Whilst the main aim of the day was to recognise and support local members of the Armed Forces we also wanted to give people an insight into Armed Forces life. This was done with the tremendous help of Tredegar Air Training Corps 2167 Squadron and two other local A.T.C. Divisions, the T.A.s and the Royal Welsh who between them brought to the event a Field Gun display, air flight simulator and Radio communication setup display. The Armed Forces combined to raise the Armed Forces Day flag in true "Iwo Jima" style.

At 1.30pm, led by a Piper and the Field Gun, a parade formed from the golfing area and marched towards the Visitor Centre where Father John Davis convened a Service of Celebration. This service included a dance performance in 40's style by Glanhowy Primary School and a plaque presentation to Mr Johnathan Bourne, Town Clerk to Wootton Bassett, to show our support and recognition of the part their town plays in the repatriation of the Armed Forces members.

Hopefully everyone will agree that the day was a success and a final total of £1119.43p was raised for the Help For Heroes Appeal. However it must be said that this day would not have been such a huge success if it had not had the support of all the local associations and Armed Forces organisations whose participation was completely voluntary and free of charge. Therefore it must be said that a BIG THANK YOU goes to you all and to everyone who visited the event on the day to show their support.

To see photos of 2010 Event click on these links:-

Armed Forces Day Part 1; Armed Forces Day Part 2; Tug of War; Newfoundland Dog Display.