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Armed Forces Day in Morecambe draws the crowds

The parade passing the Eric Morecambe statue on their way to the Arena. Picture by David Hodgson.
The parade passing the Eric Morecambe statue on their way to the Arena. Picture by David Hodgson.
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Residents and visitors to Morecambe on Saturday enjoyed the morning parade for Armed Forces Day.

This was led by Morecambe Band under the leadership of Councillor Stuart Bateson with all three cadet services and veterans following.

Ex-RAF Scottish Aviation Bulldog trainer owned by High G flying school at Blackpool with am ex-RAF DeHavilland (Canada) Chipmunk trainer. The aircraft both gave a thrilling display of aerobatics, delighting the crowd. Picture by David Hodgson.

Ex-RAF Scottish Aviation Bulldog trainer owned by High G flying school at Blackpool with am ex-RAF DeHavilland (Canada) Chipmunk trainer. The aircraft both gave a thrilling display of aerobatics, delighting the crowd. Picture by David Hodgson.

A small number of Reservists from 381 Logisitics Squadron from Alexandra Barracks and regulars from The Scots Guards also paraded.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Charles Hadcock, took the salute supported by Col Robin Jackson and the Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Andrew Kay.

A Drumhead service followed which was led by the Rev Andrew Osborne of St Peter’s, Heysham during which thanks were expressed for the service of those past, present and future who serve in the Armed Forces.

The displays in the Platform were well received throughout the day, particularly the effort made on behalf of the RAF Centenary celebrations.

This was also supported on the seafront by a T34 Radar display from RAF Spadeadam which attracted considerable interest.

Adding to the day for all those on the seafront was the spirited display by Cdr Paul Stone RN (Rt’d)and Sqn Ldr John Hurrell RAF (R’td) flying respectively a Chipmunk and Bulldog vintage RAF trainer aircraft during a 20 minute aerobatic display around the stone jetty.

This was later followed by a skydiving display drop by the Osprey’s display team who ‘flew’ the RAF flag onto Morecambe beach in two spectacular displays.

The Heroes Raffle drawn at the Platform was well supported by the public and as a result, £1500 was raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association.

Lancaster Military Heritage Group would like to thank all those local people and companies who supported with donations of prizes and everyone who assisted the event in many ways, whether practically or financially.