Huntingdon Branch attend the St Ives Armed Forces Day celebrations

On Saturday 28th June 2014, shipmates Karl Webb and Pete Aston attended the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations in St Ives (Cambridgeshire). Although rain was predicted, it looked like it was going to be a good day.

Stalls setup for Armed Forces Day
Stalls setup for Armed Forces Day

Once the stall was setup, S/Ms Pete Aston and Karl Webb put on their blazers and began chatting with residents and visitors to St Ives.

S/Ms Pete Aston and Karl Webb at the RNA stall
S/Ms Pete Aston and Karl Webb at the RNA stall

With the Armed Forces Day flag being raised at 1200, the Mayor of St Ives met up with Wing Commander Paul Prentice (from RAF Wyton) and members of the Royal British Legion and their Branch Standards.

The Mayor of St Ives joins representatives of the Armed Forces for the raising of the AFD flag
The Mayor of St Ives joins representatives of the Armed Forces for the raising of the AFD flag

And so, at 1200 noon, St Ives stood in silence as the Armed Forces Day flag was hoisted above the Town Hall. The salute was taken by Wing Commander Prentice.

The Armed Forces Day flag is raised above the Town Hall
The Armed Forces Day flag is raised above the Town Hall

The National Anthem followed, the British Legion Standards were lowered as once again as everyone remembered those who have served, are serving and will serve for our country.

Standards are lowered for the National Anthem
Standards are lowered for the National Anthem

On completion of the flag raising ceremony, residents and visitors to St Ives were able to visit all the stalls, the Navy, Army and Air Force were all represented by serving or retired members of the Armed Forces. A highlight of the day was a Spitfire flypast; with rain forecast, the flypast took place a little earlier than scheduled.

St Ives were treated to a Spitfire flypast
St Ives were treated to a Spitfire flypast

So the town continued to mark the sixth Armed Forces Day. The banter between the RNA, RBL and RAF stalls was great fun — of course the Navy took the lead; but everyone agreed that this was another successful year celebrating our Armed Forces.

The calm before the storm!
The calm before the storm!

Sadly, the predicted rain arrived in force, but as we were only an hour from the programmed finish, the stalls were packed away and the gazebos taken down, a great day and one that will be remembered by the people from St Ives, a big thank you goes out to them all for their support.

Gallery

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St Ives High Street, ready for AFD 2014 The RNA Stall, standing out from the crowd Huntingdon & District's stall 'dressed for action' S/Ms Pete Aston and Karl Webb man the stall
Visitors and residents look round the stalls - no mistaking the RNA's pitch The static Spitfire display is always popular ...as are the vintage military vehicles Wg Cdr Paul Prentice discusses the flag-raising ceremony with the Mayor of St Ives
Ready to raise the Armed Forces Day Flag Wg Cdr Prentice takes the salute on behalf of the Armed Forces The Armed Forces Day flag is hoisted above the Town Hall The Armed Forces Day flag above the Town Hall
Standards are lowered for the National Anthem The bugler plays in front of the statue of Cromwell The town falls silent for the National Anthem Community spirit at its best
St Ives remembers... A Spitfire flypast ...always a great sight The Royal British Legion with the RNA stall next door
A steady stream of visitors The day is going well, but the sky starts to darken So, with the AFD flag flying over the Town Hall, the day draws to a close The end of the day