An estimated 30,000 people gathered on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday for a spectacular celebration of the nation’s armed forces.
Towns and cities across the UK hosted events to mark Armed Forces Day but the spotlight fell on Plymouth as host of this year’s national event.
HRH The Earl of Wessex and Prime Minister David Cameron were joined by dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Michael Wright and First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope at the event.
Crowds lined streets around the Hoe to cheer on 1,200 serving personnel, veterans and cadets in one of the biggest military parades hosted by Plymouth in recent years.
This was followed by a drumhead service and the signing of a covenant pledging citywide support for Plymouth’s armed forces community.
The afternoon included a steampast of ships in the Sound with a 21-gun salute, an exciting field gun competition between Devonport Naval Base and HMS Raleigh and live performances by the Military Wives Choir with the Royal Marines Band, Music of the Night and Madness tribute act One Step Behind.
A breathtaking aerobatic display by the Red Arrows brought the day to a close before the Massed SW Pipes and Drums led spectators down to the Barbican for an evening of live entertainment.
Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Wright, who welcomed the gathered crowds in the morning, said: “It was an honour to host this year’s Armed Forces Day and celebrate the bravery and professionalism of our servicemen and women. The sun shone on us for most of the day and people of all ages came out to show their support. Everyone had a wonderful time.”
Deputy Leader Councillor Peter Smith added: “Plymouth has staged another fantastic event, showcasing everything that makes the city so special. A lot of work went in to making the day such a success and it shows the strength of partnership working here in the city. There was an amazing atmosphere and we were really pleased to welcome so many personnel, veterans, reservists, cadets and their families.”
Source: Plymouth City Council
A thank you from Plymouth Hoe Waterfront
A thankyou to everyone who shared their photos throughout the Armed Forces Day event using the @plymhoe tag. We retweeted lots of photos from the community, together with tweeting updates and retweeting key people/organisations we gave a good online social media coverage of the event.
Also thankyou to the positive comments we received about our coverage and a thankyou to Mike Pitches who was seen diving amongst the crowds taking photos on the Hoe and Barbican :). Steve Dudfield was also spotted snapping away and we hope to have photos online soon :).
Of course the largest thankyou has to go to the organisers of this epic event, enjoyed by thousands it was a fitting tribute to our armed services.