FORBURY Gardens will again host the town’s Armed Forces Day celebrations this year on Saturday 24 June.
The annual, national , event gives everyone in Reading the opportunity to show their support and appreciation for the men and women of the Armed Forces, past and present, including serving troops, Service families, Reservists, veterans and cadets..
The day’s activities get underway from the Bandstand at 11am with a performance from The Moving On Choir followed by performances from The Spinettes at 11.45am , The Waterloo Band of the Rifles at 12.30pm and The Spring Gardens Band at 2.30pm.
Other attractions include information stands, displays and demonstrations hosted by representatives of the Armed Forces, veterans Associations and related charities. There will also be other activities, such as free face painting and balloon modelling, and refreshments. Visitors are invited to come along, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.
The culmination of this year’s celebrations will see the annual Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge Presentation ceremony at 4pm.
To complement activities and entertainment taking place in the Forbury Gardens, there will be displays and entertainment in the Town Centre throughout the day. The 7 Rifles t –– will a be in Broad Street from 9am with their activities and recruitment trailer, while the Salvation Army Band will be performing between 11am and 1pm.
The Waterloo Band of the Rifles will also play in Broad Street West (outside Waterstones) and Broad Street East (outside M&S) between 2.50 pm – 3.40pm
Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams said:
“As a country, we owe so much to those who have served in the Armed Forces. This is a fantastic opportunity to show our appreciation and support to the men and women of our Armed Forces both past and present, and to show our thanks for the work that they do both here and abroad to defend the UK and its interests. “