VIDEO: Exmouth celebrates Armed Forces Day 2012
By ExmouthPeople | Sunday, July 01, 2012, 15:30
EXMOUTH CELEBRATED Armed Forces Day 2012 on Saturday 30 June in fine style, beginning with a parade along Exeter Road and through the Magnolia Centre to the focus of the celebrations in the Strand Gardens.
Exmouth celebrates Armed Forces Day 2012: Air cadets marching along the Exeter Road as the parade heads into town. Photo: © Delia Pemberton
Led by the Band of the Royal Marines, followed by the standards of services organizations, the parade comprised contingents of veterans and cadets from all branches of the armed forces.
Waiting in the Strand, Exmouth's Mayor John Humphreys and assembled dignitaries welcomed the parade before leading those assembled in a silent tribute to the victims of war, followed by the laying of wreaths on the War Memorial.
Before the parade was dismissed, there was a display by the Drum Corps of the Royal Marines. After that there was more music from the band, who then marched from the gardens to enthusiastic applause from the crowd.
The formalities over, visitors to the Strand were able to enjoy perfomances from, among others, the Lympstone Military Wives' Choir and the Sidmouth Steppers. Children had the opportunity to climb inside a real armoured vehicle and a vintage fire engine, while cadets gave drill displays and weapons demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the Royals BBQ did a brisk trade in hot dogs and burgers as visitors wandered around the stalls and stands, sampling the homemade treats and snapping up souvenirs and second-hand bargains. And best of all, the sun stayed out.
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For a video of the parade, see below: