Hundreds turn out for Banbury Armed Forces Day event

Banbury’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday saw hundreds of people pay tribute to service men and women past and present.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 28th June 2021, 3:51 pm
Darcie Embra-Barnes enjoys a seat on one of the exhibition jeeps. (Image from the Banbury Town Council)
Darcie Embra-Barnes enjoys a seat on one of the exhibition jeeps. (Image from the Banbury Town Council)

Members of the public joined the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Sir Tim Stevenson OBE, Banbury High Steward Sir Tony Baldry, MP Victoria Prentis, and town mayor Shaida Hussain at a collection of military stalls and vehicles in the Market Place of the Banbury town centre on Saturday June 26.

Many stayed for the highlight of the day – a thrilling fly past of two second world war RAF fighter planes – a Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. The iconic aircraft made three low-level passes above the watching crowds.

Cllr Hussain said: “It was an honour to accompany the Lord Lieutenant and meet so many interesting people. We spoke to veterans, cadets and serving soldiers as we toured the stalls.”

Flying the flags for a touch of colour at the Banbury Armed Forces Day event in the town centre on June 26 (Image from Banbury Town Council)

The event was organised by Banbury Town Council and the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Leader of the council and president of the Banbury RBL branch, Kieron Mallon, said: “There is something very special about the sight and sound of those aeroplanes. No matter how many times you see them, it’s always a wonderful experience.

“The event was low-key this year because of covid-19 restrictions. We worked with the Environmental Health Department and put on a show that was considered safe for visitors and participants.

“Armed Forces Day is the climax of Armed Forces Week which enables us to show our support for the men and women who serve and have served in the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force.”

Molly Aston draws a tombola ticket at the Royal British Legion stall while her parents look on. (Image from Banbury Town Council)
Hundreds of people turned out for the Banbury Armed Forces Day celebrations in the town centre (Image from Banbury Town Council)
Sapphire Jarvis with one of the military vehicles on show (Image from Banbury Town Council)
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Sir Tim Stevenson and town mayor Shaida Hussain talk to the owner of a display vehicle. (Image from Banbury Town Council)
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Sir Tim Stevenson and town mayor Shaida Hussain at the tombola stall with Daisy Yates offering the ticket bucket. (Image from Banbury Town Council)
Local area officials gather for Armed Forces Day celebrations in Banbury on Saturday June 26. Pictured: High Steward of Banbury Tony Baldry, Banbury MP Victoria Prentis, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Sir Tim Stevenson and town mayor Shaida Hussain and Oxfordshire County Council Chair Cllr John Howson