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Celebrating our armed forces

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Hundreds of people ignored heavy rain to gather in Banbury’s Horse Fair on Saturday for this year’s Armed Forces Day.

The pageantry of the Trooping the Colour ceremony came to town with the Banbury-based 142 Squadron – the Royal Logistics Corps – commemorating 216 years of military history. A parade led by the Band of the Royal Logistics Corps began in Market Place and made its way to Horse Fair for the trooping ceremony.

The event was organised by Banbury Town Council. Council leader Kieron Mallon said: “We made every effort to make this year’s Armed Forces Day a special event. We were honoured to get one of the British Army’s most famous bands to lead our procession and play for the trooping ceremony.”

Stalls and displays organised by the town’s Army, Navy and Sea Cadet branches and by the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes attracted plenty of visitors.

Major Jeremy Burnan, officer in charge of the 142 Squadron, was pleased with how the event went.

He said: “It was military people doing a military thing, and there was a tremendous turnout where, despite the weather, the crowds were two to three rows deep.”

 

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