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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
To see more images of St Ives Armed Forces Day, click on the first thumbnail below and scroll through the images.