Plans take shape to mark Armed Forces Day in Richmond

Plans are taking shape for Richmond to hold its first coordinated Armed Forces Day celebration.

The event will be held on Sunday, June 30.

It is being organised by RAF veteran David Routledge, who runs the Nutrition Hut cafe at Richmond Swimming Pool.

He said: “It is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving personnel to service families, veterans and cadets.

“It also marks the culmination of a week of celebrations, beginning on Monday 24 June, when the public show their support and appreciation for the Armed Forces community.

“It also includes Reserves Day (26 June), which provides the country with an opportunity to recognise our reserve forces.

“This is the first-ever coordinated day to mark this national event in Richmond.”

A people’s parade starting from the Town Hall at 10.30am will walk to Friary Gardens.

It will be led by Newton Aycliffe Pipes and Drums.

Other plans for the event include a charity village in Friary Gardens, vintage vehicles, military choirs, cinema screenings, steam engine rides, displays, free entry for serving personnel and their families at The Green Howards Museum and Richmondshire Museum, plus activities at The Station.

There will also be a children’s trail around all the event locations in the town.

Confirmed groups include: E50K project, The Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs, The Vintage Vocalist, Newton Aycliffe Pipes and Drums, The Service Children’s Choir, RAF Leeming Military Wives Choir, The North East Legion, The Royal Air Force Association, The Army Benevolent Fund, Walking with the Wounded

If your group would like to suggest a way of supporting the event, contact David at afdrichmond@gmail.com