Armed Forces Day: St Ives (Cambs) 2015

On Saturday 27th June 2015, Armed Forces Associations throughout the country went on parade for Armed Forces Day. Huntingdon & District RNA set up a stall in St Ives Town Centre (Cambridgeshire).

The RNA Stall in St Ives
The RNA Stall in St Ives

Shipmates Karl Webb, Pete Aston, and Graham Murray arrived bright and early in order to get our stall up and running – and grabbing a bacon butty before the event opened to the public.

RNA, RBL, RAFA, and BLESMA stalls in the Town Centre
RNA, RBL, RAFA, and BLESMA stalls in the Town Centre

With an RN Ensign and the Armed Forces Day flag flying high above the stall, it was easy to see that the RN were in town. Shipmates Pete Aston and Graham Murray posed for photographs before shipmate Karl Webb took the Branch Standard and went to the Town Hall for the flag raising ceremony.

Shipmates Graham Murray and Pete Aston ready for action
Shipmates Graham Murray and Pete Aston ready for action

Standard Bearers from the Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion,and the Royal Air Force Association, represented the RN, Army and Air Force.

Shipmate Karl Webb parades the Branch Standard
Shipmate Karl Webb parades the Branch Standard

With the Town Mayor, veterans officials, and a bugler from RAF Wyton’s Voluntary Band, the ceremony got underway at 1200.

The Mayor, Councillors and Armed Forces representatives
The Mayor, Councillors and Armed Forces representatives
Standards were dipped for the flag raising, and again for the National Anthem
Standards were dipped for the flag raising, and again for the National Anthem

On completion of the opening ceremony, the day continued with members of the public visiting the veterans stalls.

Shipmates Graham Murray and Pete Aston in recruitment mode
Shipmates Graham Murray and Pete Aston in recruitment mode

The day went really well, although not as busy as in previous years, it was good to see the support from the community in joining our veterans celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The Armed Forces Day flag flying above the RNA stall
The Armed Forces Day flag flying above the RNA stall

Well done shipmates and all those that took part.
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Click on the first image to see more photographs from Armed Forces Day in St Ives:

 

St Ives High Street, spot the RNA stall Huntingdon & District Stall, ready for AFD AFD and RN Ensigns RBL Riders' stall
RBL Riders'display RBL Rider's pride and joy St Ives AFD 2015 St Ives High Street on Armed Forces Day
Shipmates Graham Murray and Pete Aston ready for action S/Ms Graham Murray and Pete Aston Shipmate Karl Webb amongst the RBL and RAFA Standard Bearers St Ives Mayor and Community representatives
Doing our bit for AFD St Ives AFD 2015 RNA, RBL & RAFA Standards on parade Ready for the flag raising ceremony
Dipping the Standards for the Last Post Dipped Standards Bringing the Standards back to the carry AFD under the gaze of Oliver Cromwell
The RAF Wyton Voluntary Band Shops put on a war theme window display Locals enjoying the AFD entertainment St Ives AFD 2015
St Ives AFD 2015 Shipmates Graham Murray and Pete Aston in recruitment mode Last look before de-rigging for another year The Armed Forces Day Flag