The Waterloo Band of the Rifles Perform and Reading Veterans Honoured at Armed Forces Day

AFD 2016

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 Spinettes
The Spinettes will be performing on Saturday in Forbury Gardens

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. “



Victoria Nickless

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