Banbury puts on a show of support for Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day in Banbury once again proved a stirring tribute to services personnel past, present and future.

The Armed Forces Day parade in Banbury
The Armed Forces Day parade in Banbury

Saturday’s programme included parades, displays, demonstrations and a collection of war-time vehicles – and attracted visitors young and old.

A flypast by a Second World War Hurricane was cancelled mid-morning because of poor weather in other parts of the country but there was still plenty for people to do and see.

Members of today’s armed forces joined cadets and veterans in a parade through the town’s old streets. This ended in Bridge Street where a salute was taken by mayor Jayne Strangwood, Banbury’s High Steward Sir Tony Baldry and chair of Oxfordshire County Council Susanna Pressel. The parade was led by The Shires Royal British Legion Youth Band.

Saturday's Armed Forces Day parade took place at the heart of Banbury

A drumhead service in the Market Place demonstrated how troops held religious ceremonies on battlefields using drums draped with regimental flags as their makeshift altars. The service was conducted by Padre Charles Lewis, chaplain to the Thames Valley Air Training Corps. Hundreds of onlookers watched in silence as prayers were said and hymns were sung.

The day’s activities were organised by Banbury Town Council and council leader and president of the Banbury branch of the Royal British Legion Kieron Mallon said: “Armed Forces Day is an important annual event that honours the town’s historical and ongoing links with the military.

“It is always very special to see so many members of the public turn out to be part of the event.

“This year was another very wonderful day.”

Banbury's Armed Forces Day parade was supported across the generations

Read More

Read More
Workaholic Malcolm clocks up 50 years at Banbury company
The parade ended in Bridge Street, where the salute was taken
All ages turned out to support Saturday's events
The drumhead service was conducted by Padre Charles Lewis, showing how troops held religious services on the battlefield