Hundreds line the streets to support Armed Forces Day parade

First published in Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Wimbledon

Hundreds of people marched for Armed Forces Day today, with hundreds more lining the streets to cheer the parade through the borough.

About 200 participants of all ages took to the streets this morning from organisations including the Police Cadets, sea cadet corps and scouts and guides groups getting involved.

The Wimbledon and Wandle Scout Band provided live music for the parade, which began from the Civic Centre in Morden before making its way to St Lawrence Church.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina raised the flag at the Civic Centre in Morden before the parade wound through the streets watched by hundreds of on-lookers who braved the wet weather to show their support.

War veterans joined fusiliers, gurkhas, and young scouts to show their support for the work of the armed forces across the world.

Deputy Lieutenant the Right Honourable Sir John Wheeler was among the guests.

The annual event took place on the sixth Armed Forces Day which has seen events take place across the country.

Organiser Councillor Maxi Martin said: “It was a perfect day apart from the rain which was a shame.

“As part of the day we had an open air service with prayers from different faiths.

“It was very moving to see everyone together.”

Coun Martin said it was a celebration to say thank you to the armed forces for keeping people safe.

“The young ones’ discipline was tremendous, even though they were soaked,” she added.

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