Crowds enjoy Apache flypast with more events planned for Armed Forces Day
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Crowds lined the streets of Bury St Edmunds to see an Apache flypast as part of celebrations to mark Armed Forces Day.
A sunset parade involving the Navy, Army Air Corps, the RAF and USAF took place on Angel Hill in the town before a flypast of the military helicopters on Thursday evening.
The celebrations will continue with an event in the Abbey Gardens tomorrow from 11am-4pm with demonstrations from re-enactors and another flypast – weather permitting – featuring a RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane.
There will be displays from throughout the ages, historical exhibitions, activities, military vehicles, fun fair rides, live music, climbing wall, face painting and refreshments.
The military re-enactments will be helping the event go with several loud bangs and residents are warned there will be loud noises in Bury St Edmunds on the day.
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In the evening there will be an Armed Forces Day concert by the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra from 7.30pm at the Apex, and tickets are available from www.theapex.co.uk
Robert Everitt, borough councillor and portfolio holder for the Armed Forces Covenant, said: “The armed forces hold a special place in the hearts of our residents and west Suffolk has been chosen this year to host the county celebrations for Armed Forces Day.
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“There is something for all the family that will not only be entertaining and informative but moving as well.
“Many who serve now, are veterans or have paid the ultimate sacrifice are from west Suffolk, including many from the Suffolk Regiment.
“The RAF, Army Air Corps and USAF have been and continue to be based in Suffolk. We are currently the home to many UK and US service personnel who are our neighbours and friends as well as having strong ties to the navy through HMS Vengeance.
“Our communities have always prided themselves in welcoming and supporting the armed forces, both past and present.
“These events give us that opportunity to show our support and appreciation for our brave service personnel.
“I would like to thank everyone and the partners involved who have made this possible. We hope everyone will join us in supporting these events and our forces and their families.”