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Fanfare in Colchester marks build up to Armed Forces Day

A fanfare of trumpets from Colchester Town Hall to mark build up to Armed Forces Day Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester has held a fanfare of trumpets to mark Armed Forces Day.

The Band of the Parachute Regiment marked the occasion as people gathered at the Town Hall where the Armed Forces Day flag was raised alongside the Pegasus flag of 16 Air Assault Brigade.

It marks the start of a week of celebrations around the country culminating in a national event in Salisbury on Saturday 29th June.

The Mayor led the ceremony outside Colchester Town Hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Nick Cope, led the ceremony, accompanied by the Commander of Colchester Garrison Lieutenant Colonel Steve Caldwell, Garrison Sergeant Major WO1 Billy Biggar and members of 16 Air Assault Brigade.

  • The Commander of Colchester Garrison Lieutenant Colonel Steve Caldwell explains what will be happening on 24th June in Colchester.
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"The raising of the Armed Forces Day flag gives us the opportunity to thank the military community who have devoted their lives to protecting our nation. This year's Armed Forces Day event is particularly poignant as it marks key anniversaries in World War 2, notably D-Day and the Battle of Arnhem, both of which involved men of the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions. We owe our serving military personnel, particularly the British Army's airborne forces based here in Colchester, and veterans everywhere, a huge debt of gratitude. Their commitment and sacrifice at home and abroad help ensure our freedom and safety."

– The Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Nick Cope