Armed Forces Day celebrations descend on Bexleyheath town centre
PUBLISHED: 14:53 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:53 26 June 2017
The weekend of events featured military vehicles and a civic parade through the town's streets
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Bexleyheath at the weekend to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the nation’s armed forces.
Children’s workshops, stage performances and a display of retired military vehicles all filled the town centre for Armed Forces Day, while the Royal British Legion raised more than £1,000 for its Poppy Appeal.
Falling on Saturday, the annual event aims to give everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, the country, in the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, as well as their families, reservists, veterans and cadets.
On Sunday, hundreds of retired and serving military personnel marched alongside cadet groups from around the borough as part of the annual civic parade.
Former Merchant Navy member and current mayor Peter Reader led the parade, ahead of Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire and representatives from the police and council, which was followed by a service at Christ Church on the Broadway.
Town centre manger Tony Garratt, from the Bexleyheath Business Improvement District, said: “This town is very proud of its historical military roots and it is wonderful to see so many families come together to join in our event to commemorate Armed Forces Day.
“We are very proud of our connection with the local Royal British Legion and we hope we raised lots of money over the weekend for their cause.”
Ken Sprowles from Royal British Legion Bexleyheath and Welling branch said “A big thanks to Bexleyheath BID for organising the Bexleyheath Military Weekend to mark Armed Forces Day.
“A huge thanks to the people of Bexley for their generosity in contributions to the Poppy Appeal collection which totalled over £1,400 for the two days.
“Together with the civic parade and service at Christchurch this was a hugely successful weekend and we were proud to be a part of it.”