Thousands turn out to support armed forces day gala in St Neots
PUBLISHED: 14:40 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:28 04 July 2017
Thousands of people turned out to support an Armed Forces Day Gala in St Neots on Saturday.
The event, organised by St Neots Town Council, included some iconic military vehicles and demonstrations from members of the emergency services, as well as musical entertainment.
Keith Ridley, chairman of St Neots Armed Forces Day committee, said: “On behalf of my committee I want to thank the public for their fantastic support at our Armed Forces Day Gala on Saturday.
“More than 6,000 people came out in support of our armed forces, past, present and future. We were blessed with great weather and the crowds were kept entertained with performances from Little Paxton School Choir, The Rockabellas, Galaxy Big Band, 2500 squadron air training corps and many more stage acts.”
He added: “Numerous military vehicles, classic and vintage cars and motorbikes were on display for all to enjoy as well as a fantastic horse display by the WWI Field Hospital team.
“Youngsters enjoyed getting up close with St Neots fire and ambulance vehicles, including getting first-hand use of a defibrillator and how to carryout CPR. A successful day all round and we look forward to the public’s support in 2018.”
The mayor of St Neots, Councillor Derek Giles, said: “Another brilliant day for the town of St Neots and the many tourists who had travelled from around the country to enjoy this increasingly successful event. I know my civic guests had a fantastic time with a particular highlight being the very moving opening ceremony.”
Karen Pollecutt, civic officer and secretary of the organising committee, added: “I cannot thank enough all those who have helped with the organisation of this huge event, especially my fellow committee members, St Neots Town Council and most importantly all the visitors who came to the event.
“Seeing all those crowds gives a huge boost to our armed forces and is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all that they do for our country.”