GALLERY: Town steps up to support Armed Forces Day

06:00 05 July 2014

A service was held on the Ham to mark the Sidmouth Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7109-27-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

A service was held on the Ham to mark the Sidmouth Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7109-27-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Armed Forces Day and the centenary of the outbreak of World War One were both commemorated in a moving service in Sidmouth last Saturday.

A ‘tremendous’ turnout from across Sidmouth’s past and present-serving community – and families – paraded to a drum head service on the Ham. Sidmouth Town Band led the way, followed by parade marshals, Royal British Legion (RBL) standard bearers and veterans.

The Reverend Philip Bourne gave the service for the first time and Sidmouth RBL chairman Dave O’Connor praised the ‘excellent job’ he did.

Town council chairman John Hollick gave a reading, then Sidmouth College students took to the stage. Lauren Brewster and Thomas Varley read their moving poems about the war, after winning a competition at the school.

“It went extremely well – in the nine years I’ve been the chairman it’s been the best one,” said Dave. “There was a tremendous amount of people.”

He said the army cadets’ casualty evacuation drill was the most professional he had ever seen, and also praised the air training corps.

He thanked Sidmouth Town Council, the chamber of commerce, Bradfords, Vinnicombe’s, Sidmouth Garden Centre, the scouts and guides for all helping out.

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