Big crowds expected for Trowbridge Armed Forces weekend

Wiltshire Times: The salute at the Armed Forces Weekend parade as it goes past Fore Street last year, abovell include fly The salute at the Armed Forces Weekend parade as it goes past Fore Street last year, abovell include fly

Thousands of people from across the South West are expected to take part in Trowbridge’s Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans Weekend.

The annual commemorations, taking place tomorrow and on Sunday, have become known nationally.

Highlights will include flypasts by a Dakota plane, 65 stalls in Trowbridge Park and a parade through the town by past and present service personnel.

Maryrose Mantle, the organiser and community development officer at Trow- bridge Town Council, said: “Final preparations are going very well. We are really looking forward to this event, as it is not just something for the county.

“People come from all over the South West and Wales. It is great to see Trowbridge getting such a great reputation for delivering an event which is so important to many people.”

Tomorrow’s festivities in Trowbridge Park will start at 10am and go on until 5pm. Sunday’s events in the park are from 11am to 4pm.

On both days, there will workshops run by re-enactors and displays of military vehicles, including a Challenger 2 tank.

A parade through the town on Sunday starts in Roundstone Street at 2pm, with serving members of the forces, veterans and cadets. It is due to finish in the park at 2.30pm.

Mrs Mantle said: “Visitors will be able to enjoy a relaxed weekend, full of many, many interesting displays.

“There will also be bands playing and a chance to meet interesting people.”

For more information, visit www.trowbridge.gov.uk or call 01225 765072.

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