The National event on this year's Armed Forces Day
was held on the Hoe, in Plymouth. It was a blustery, but thankfully dry day for
the many thousands who turned out to watch the flying displays and (far more
importantly), the march past.
George Poad paraded the SWAB Standard among the 100
or so standards on parade.
Sidney Inch, Ken Jeavons, John Walton and Alan
Weeks, marched in a great column of veterans. Although the Central Band of the
RAF led our 1000 strong happy group, the band was so far ahead, we could not
hear it and spent (it seemed) much of our time, changing step!!!
Anyway, after over 1 mile marching (?) through the
streets of the city and being applauded all the way, we approached the saluting
base on the Hoe overlooking the Sound where several war ships were at anchor.
The salute was taken by HRH Prince Edward, who was accompanied by the Prime
Minister, Lord Mayor, Lord Leiutenant and First Sea Lord.
We all gathered at the east end of the Hoe for a
Drum Head Service, including a couple of hymns and a few casualties (not us).
Then in true RAF Police tradition we returned to the Duke of Cornwall Hotel to
pick up our cars and found the bar still open. Enough said!
The folowing photos were taken by Clare during the National
Event of the Armed Forces Day, this year in Plymouth.
1. Ken Jeavons, John Walton and Alan Weeks, on Hoe after event
2. Alan Weeks, John Walton and Sidney Inch on the march (Ken
Jeavons in hiding)
3. John Walton, Alan Weeks and Sidney Inch with Citadel Arch
behing (Ken Jeavons still in hiding)
4. George Poad with SWAB Standard (15JPG)
Two members of the Midland Branch attended the RAF Museum Cosford on
Saturday 30th June. We were welcomed at 11am and were invited to see where the
Lancaster Bomber was being restored. One can only wonder how in such a small
area they managed to fly so far.The day ended with a fly past of a Dakota
On Sunday the same 2 members attended a Celebration at Himley Park (Dudley
) where the Mayor presented the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal to serving soldiers
from The Royal Mercian Lancastrian Yeomanry and the Veterans Badge to the older
ex service personnel.The days events were completed with the Beating of the
Retreat by the band of West Midlands Fire Service and the National Youth