RoyandianafMilitary personnel are to be celebrated in Newport on Armed Forces Day at the start of July.

Traditionally the Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day is not held on the same date as others in the UK, and the outgoing CEO and former Chair of the Isle of Wight Council; stood by that tradition by setting the date for this year’s event of July 2nd.

Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day will be on Saturday, July 2nd, in Newport.

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Chair of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Claire Critchinson said:

“Armed Forces Day is a key date in the UK and the Isle of Wights calendar, where we really get to show our gratitude for those involved with the Armed Forces. This is the day when we on the Island can show our patriotic support for our service personnel, past and present throughout the country; thanking them for keeping us safe.”

There will be a parade that includes amongst other things, service personnel, veterans, standard-bearers, cadets and local bands. It will start at Drill Hall Road, Newport along the High Street, to The Quay ( Riverside ).

At the Quay, there will be a veteran’s lunch plus stands including exhibitions, military vehicles, and children’s entertainment.

Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Ian Dore said:

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“The event was previously organised by a now-disbanded committee so it’s a case of building from the ground up. With COVID-19 and some staff departures, that has been tricky. What we have in place now is a focused, dedicated working group that have put together an event that is considered a fine starting point.  Traditionally over the years, the Isle of Wight Armed Forces Days have been superb. This will serve as the foundations on which to take it to new heights, over the coming years. Best boots forward!”

Full timings, participants, and a programme of events to be announced. If you would like to get involved, please contact [email protected]

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