Troops take to streets of Doncaster for Forces Day parade

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Troops were treated to a heroes’ welcome in Doncaster as hundreds of people celebrated Armed Forces Day.

Town centre streets were packed with people who wanted to show their apprecation for servicemen as they marched through the streets on Saturday.

Armed Forces Day in Doncaster.
Armed Forces Day in Doncaster.

Sir Nigel Gresley square was the focus of the festivities as hundreds of servicemen and women from across the region and the forces gathered in the town centre for the national day of commemoration to honour the contribution of soldiers, sailors and air crews, past and present.

The highlight of the day saw hundreds of personnel parade through the town centre, to the applause and cheers of Saturday shoppers.

The procession snaked its way from the square along Waterdale, College Road, Duke Street and St Sepulchre Gate befor arriving on High Street, where Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, took the salute on the steps of the Mansion House, alongside Coun Pat Haith, civic mayor.

The procession then carried on along Wood Street back to the square, for speeches and a chance to remember those who have fallen in action.

Armed Forces Day in Doncaster.  Doncastrians on parade l/r Cadet Sgt Bethany Holden (103 Doncaster Squadron ATC) from Woodlands,  LCpl Mike Robertson (219 Transport Regiment) from Auckley and  Gunner Zoe Simmonds (1 RHA) from Bessacarr.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Armed Forces Day in Doncaster. Doncastrians on parade l/r Cadet Sgt Bethany Holden (103 Doncaster Squadron ATC) from Woodlands, LCpl Mike Robertson (219 Transport Regiment) from Auckley and Gunner Zoe Simmonds (1 RHA) from Bessacarr. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Guests were also able to enjoy a range of entertainment and activities including live performances by various artists in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

There were also exhibits from military support groups, veterans groups and organisations linked to Armed Forces in the one-stop-shop Civic Offices reception area.

And there was also a chance for members of the public to meet members of the Armed Forces and share memories with veterans from past wars and look at related displays and exhibits of war-time memorabilia.The event concluded with an open-air service of thanksgiving with a short act of worship in acknowledgement of the contribution made by serving and former Armed Forces personnel.

The ceremony concluded with the official dismissal of personnel, incorporating the last post and reveille before lowering of the Armed Forces Day flag ended the day.

Armed Forces Day in Doncaster.  LCpl Ben Parkinson chats with the Parade Commander WO2 Ian Swift from Denaby.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Armed Forces Day in Doncaster. LCpl Ben Parkinson chats with the Parade Commander WO2 Ian Swift from Denaby. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
 

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