The sun shone over Hemel Hempstead’s Gadebridge Park last month as crowds turned out for a special Armed Forces Day celebration organised by Dacorum Borough Council with support from the Ministry of Defence.
Thousands of people supported the special day which marked the centenary of the end of the First World War and the 10th year of Armed Forces Day campaign and was attended by Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Frederick Curzon, 7th Earl Howe.
Crowds were entertained by the Portsmouth Action Field Gun Display team who demonstrated their teamwork putting on two artillery displays.
The Rockwood Dog Display team showcased their skills tackling assault courses including jumping through hoops of fire.
Music filled the park thanks to vintage trio the Rockabellas, the Royal Yeomanry Band and RAF Halton’s Military Wives Choir and there were performances from the Revelations Majorettes.
Families enjoyed the fairground rides, adventure equipment and a variety of stalls, stands and activities in the park.
Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead, presented awards to talented local primary school children who had sharpened their pencils to enter the council’s schools poster competition. Winners in the age categories were named as Bea, Eliza and Lucy – with Year 6 pupil Lucy named as the overall winner.
Councillor Neil Harden, portfolio holder for community and regulatory services, said: “Dacorum Borough Council is proud to support Armed Forces Day. Putting on a free family event in Gadebridge Park is our way of saying thank you to the Armed Forces personnel and their families.”
Similar events have been taking place across the UK, enabling people to come out and show their support, giving a much-valued morale boost for the Armed Forces.