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Sittingbourne shows its support for 1st Armed Forced Day

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27
Jun
Edward Bassant RAF

Residents of Sittingbourne came out on Saturday to show their support and appreciation for serving and former armed forces personnel.

2230 Sittingbourne Squadron Air Training Corps

Present amongst the various stalls set out along the top end of the High Street was D-Day veteran Ernest Slarks who had his own stall with panels of old photographs and news cuttings outlining his own personal involvement in the war.

D-Day veteran Ernest Slarks

Ernest was also proudly wearing his Legion d' honneur medal, the highest French honour for his part in the D-Day landings where as part of the 23rd Hussars tank regiment that came ashore on Gold beach in June 1944 he saw action in three major battles.

Steffan Gordon Chair of Sittingbourne branch of the Royal British Legion

The Sittingbourne branch of the Royal British Legion was also out in force.

Dennis Austen, Royal Artillery and Army Cadet Force Instructor for 22 years


TS Wyvern - Sittingbourne Sea Cadets

There was representation from all branches of the armed forces with 2230 Sittingbourne Squadron Air Training Corps, TS Wyvern - Sittingbourne Sea Cadets and 579 Field Squadron.

579 Field Squadron

Throughout the day there were a number of competition between the groups including field cooking, tug of war and first aid as well as a short service with The Somme Yomp Challenge.

Malcolm Godley REME wearing three generations of his families medals

Also present were the newly formed Swale Marching Band who put on a couple of shows in the Forum Shopping Centre.

Swale Marching Band

Andy Hudson
Sittingbourne.Me




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