Armed Forces Day a success

Banbury Armed Forces Day at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Colonel Ingrid Rolland inspects the parade NNL-160627-085853009
Banbury Armed Forces Day at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Colonel Ingrid Rolland inspects the parade NNL-160627-085853009

Banbury paid tribute this past Saturday to the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces with the annual Amrmed Forces Day Tattoo.

The all day event, held at Spiceball park, welcomed special guest of honour World War Two hero Bill Holmes, 95.

Banbury Armed Forces Day at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Cadet Company Sergeant Major James Dyer NNL-160627-085809009

Banbury Armed Forces Day at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Cadet Company Sergeant Major James Dyer NNL-160627-085809009

Mr. Holmes was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after piloting his badly damaged Stirling bomber back across the Channel on one engine after being hit by enemy fire in 1941.

The highlight of the day saw the world-famous Royal Artillery Band provide the music for a Trooping the Colour ceremony in which the standard of the Banbury-based 142 Vehicle Squadron was recognised.

Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council said: “Every year this town organises a magnificent Armed Forces Day and we witnessed a very special event again this year.”

He added: “I want to thank 142 Squadron and Banbury’s cadet corps for helping in the organisation of this event, and Banbury Town Council looks forward to working with them again next year.”

Banbury Armed Forces Day at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Corporal of 42 Vehicle Squadron parading between the cadets NNL-160627-085758009

Banbury Armed Forces Day at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Corporal of 42 Vehicle Squadron parading between the cadets NNL-160627-085758009

Displays, shows and stalls were also on offer to entertain the crowd.