Teignmouth Armed Forces Day

Published: 21 June 2018

Teignmouth Army Cadets, T.S.Canonteign Sea Cadets and Air Cadets were in attendance and visitors had the chance to have a go on the mobile climbing wall provided by the Army Cadets. A display of WW2 British Infantry and Soviet re-enactment enabled people to see equipment and rifles and D Squadron Royal Wessex Yeomanry were also present.

Entertainment was provided by the 1940’s Roadshow and people sang along to songs such as ‘we’ll meet again’. The City of Exeter Pipe and Drum gave performances and we welcomed Year 5 pupils of Our Lady & St Patrick’s RC Primary School who performed WW1 songs and Amanda Lynn who sang WW2 songs. The Arrow Barrows returned for their unique take on a Red Arrows display which was enjoyed by everyone. Members of Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew showed their rescuing skills when they gave a demonstration by the Pier.

Rev. Anthony Carey of the Church of Our Lady & St Patrick led the closing ceremony which brought Cadets together and provided a pause for thought for those lost and those who risk their lives today. The Last Post was played by Michael Griffiths of the Salvation Army and the City of Exeter Pipe and Drum band played Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace.

There were a range of stall holders including the Armed Forces Bikers, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Wings Appeal, SSAFA, RNLI, NCI, Teign Heritage Centre and more. The yummy cakes and other refreshments were provided by members of the Alice Cross Centre.

Cllr David Matthews, Chairman of the Armed Forces Day working group commented ‘it has been a great day and people have said how much they’ve enjoyed it and how good the atmosphere was. It was a pleasure to have Deputy Lieutenant of Devon Major Colin Pape MBE and Anne Marie Morris MP present for the officially opening and parade. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the event and the public for attending. A big thank you to Anna in the council office, Cllr Phipps, Cllr Cox and everyone who helped make the day possible’.