Forces day pulls big crowd

Women in the 1940s mobile canteen display at Lancaster Castle on Armed Forces Day.
Women in the 1940s mobile canteen display at Lancaster Castle on Armed Forces Day.

More than 1,600 people visited Lancaster Castle for a day of events to mark Armed Forces Day.

Military displays and fund-raising for the Royal British Legion and Blind Veterans UK were part of Saturday’s activities organised by Lancaster Military Heritage Group.

Shoppers also were entertained in Market Square and the day ended with a military talk and supper.

“Huge praise is due to all associated with Armed Forces Day,” said Capt John Lean, chairman of Lancaster Military Heritage Group.

“The atmosphere among the visitors in the castle was very positive and there can be no doubt that what was laid on was much appreciated.”

Lancashire Army Cadet Force corps-of-drums gave displays both in the Castle and Market Square.

In Morecambe, the Winter Gardens theatre was a poignant setting for the town’s Armed Forces Day service.

Due to bad weather, Sunday’s drumhead service led by Father Tom Davis of St Barnabas church took place inside the iconic seafront theatre.

Morecambe Armed Forces Day Parade at Clock Tower on Marine Road Central with a service held at The Winter Gardens Theatre.

Morecambe Armed Forces Day Parade at Clock Tower on Marine Road Central with a service held at The Winter Gardens Theatre. Pictured are Joseph Hateley (left) and Leslie Croombs who served in the catering corps. 28th June 2015

Earlier, veterans and representatives of forces groups marched in the rain from the Clock Tower to the Winter Gardens.

Organisations represented included the Royal British Legion, the Paras, the Aden veterans, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment Association and Morecambe Brass Band.

Councillor Jon Barry, mayor of Lancaster, also attended.

Mick Dennison, president of the Morecambe and Heysham branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It was a great turnout and it was good to see members of the public there.

“It was a great turnout and it was good to see members of the public there

“The Winter Gardens very kindly opened up their doors for us because we couldn’t rely on the weather.

“If the standards carried by the standard bearers get wet it’s very hard to get them back into pristine condition.”