Haverhill Town Council had arranged a number of ceremonies and events to mark Armed Forces Week, a nation-wide series of events and activities organised to demonstrate support to the men and women of the armed forces.
On Saturday 18 June at 11.00am, outside St Mary’s Church on the High Street, there was a short service to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Falklands Conflict. Alison McRobb performed a clarinet rendition of ‘The Crags of Mount Tumbledown’.
On Monday 20th June at 2.00pm, flags were raised on Market Square. Noah Blythe played the Last Post and Reveille and Ian Levett from St Mary’s Church read a blessing.
Proceedings on Saturday 25 June commenced at 10.50am with a one-minute silence to honour Haverhill veterans, many of whom were regular attendees at previous Armed Forces Day events, who have recently sadly passed away. At 11.00am, a military vehicle convoy set off from the Arts Centre car park and proceeded through many of the streets of Haverhill and arrived on the Market Square at noon.
As the convoy made its way back to the town centre The Phoenix Pipe and Drum Band were there to entertain the crowds as they inspect the convoy vehicles up close, as well as the Victory Rolls performing classic numbers from the 30s, 40s and 50s. There were stalls and activities from The Haverhill Family History Group, Haverhill History Group and BLESMA the Military Charity for Limbless Veterans. The service flags were raised at 1.00pm.
Haverhill Mayor Bruce Davidson said.
‘I am honoured to be able to play an official role in the proceedings this year. Haverhill Town Council has a long history of paying its respects to the men and women of the armed forces and are thankful for all they do to serve our country. Of course, we hope for sunny weather but I know that the people of Haverhill are happy to come out rain or shine to share these special community events.’
Haverhill Town Council has organised the Armed Forces Day events in collaboration with Haverhill Family History Group and The Haverhill & Thurlow Branch of the Royal British Legion.