Ashfield’s community turned out in droves to support the WW1 Centenary and Armed Forces event at Portland Square, Sutton-in-Ashfield on Saturday 30 June.
Former members of the Armed Forces, entertainers and members of the public joined together to remember those who have given so much for us. The event was especially poignant as it’s the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The event started with a Service of Respect and raising of the Armed Forces Day flag, followed by a packed programme of entertainment enjoyed by people of all ages.
Councillor Helen Ann-Smith, Joint Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council, who did a reading at the event said, “This was an emotional event – especially with the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. There was something for everyone and on behalf of the Council, we would like to thank everyone involved. From the ‘poppy shower’ to the live entertainment – this was a fun event for everyone. This year, we celebrate the Centenary of the end of WW1. Ashfield District Council are working with our community to respect those who died in WW1 and those who have served since. This includes a number of events and memorials from last Saturday until Remembrance Sunday.”
Councillor Tom Hollis, Joint Deputy Leader of Ashfield Council performed the welcome. Councillor Hollis said, “Armed Forces Day is a special opportunity for the whole country to celebrate and give thanks for what our service personnel have done and continue to do. I am pleased that so many people joined us to show that sincere gratitude on behalf of the whole of the Ashfield District. Our Armed Forces and veterans rightly deserve the nation's support and recognition. They continue to ensure the interests of our country are defended, and we embrace our chance to publicly acknowledge their commitment and courage.”
Roy Harrison, Armed Forces Veteran (Royal Green Jackets) who also raised the Armed Forces flag with Councillor Tom Hollis said, “Armed Forces Day was a brilliant success. All credit to everyone involved for putting on a great show, I really enjoyed it.”