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COMMUNICATIONS TEAM Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3DR Main Switchboard (01803) 201201 Direct Lines (01803) 208850 /51 Fax (01803) 299878 • DX 59006 www.torbay.gov.uk NEWS RELEASE PR 2606 1 April 2010 For Immediate Release Torbay Armed Forces Day Spectacular air and sea displays will be included in this years Armed Forces Day on Babbacombe Downs to honour serving troops, veterans and new recruits. The event is being held in Torquay on Saturday 19 June and will coincide with the 2010 Babbacombe Festival and the Sea Picnic. It is being organised by Torbay Council and is being supported by the Ministry of Defence and local organisations. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, past, present and future. Information stands will be available on Babbacombe Downs from 10am. A parade will leave Oddicombe Cliff Railway at 12 noon and move along the Downs to the event site, where veteran badge presentations and readings will be held. Complimentary refreshments will be available for veterans and those in the Forces at 1pm. At 2.30pm a sea spectacular will take place, which will consist of a raid on Trininity's four classic sailing trawlers by new age pirates. This will be followed by air demonstrations by vintage aircraft plus aerobatics. Riviera Brass and Torbay Brass will be performing throughout the day. Torbay Mayor Nick Bye said: “I am really pleased this important event is being marked here in Torbay. We should be immensely proud of our Armed Forces for the selfless way -1- they protect our freedom. This event is a way of thanking them in public and gives us all the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have given service to the nation and continue to serve in our armed forces." Torbay Council's Chairman, Councillor Martin Hodge said: "The council is pleased to be organising such an important event and I would like to thank everyone who has helped make it possible. The spectacular air and sea displays will hopefully make this day even more memorable and I hope lots of people will come along and show their support. "I would now like to urge men and women who served in the Armed Forces to apply for their Veterans Badge if they haven't done so already. This unique badge aims to unite veterans and raise their profile by helping members of the public to recognise them and their continuing contribution to society." In a forward in the Armed Forces Day programme, Major Ron Goodwin MBE, who is retired, writes: "How nice it is this year to be part of the excellent Babbacombe Festival and the Sea Picnic. The many that visit these events will have the chance of meeting and talking to those in the armed forces. There is no age limit for a veteran, once you have served you are a veteran, young or old, serviceman or servicewoman, many veterans these days are so young. "This is the time to meet and talk to those who have been involved in many different conflicts; they have been there and done it." Major Goodwin, who served most of his active service in Northern Ireland, goes on: "A lot has changed since I joined in 1961, but one thing is for sure we have the finest, most highly trained and loyal forces in the world and no matter which conflicts the veterans were in, all must be remembered. That is what this day is all about. -2- "Thank you to Torbay Council for their continued support to the Armed Forces Day and to the festival committees for inviting us to join them. On behalf of all the forces I hope you have a nice day with us." Veterans who would like to be presented with a Veterans Badge on Armed Forces day are being invited to fill out a form and return it by Monday 31 May. If veterans are unable to make it on Saturday 19 June, but they would still like a badge, they need to complete and return a form with a cover note and the badge will be posted after the event. Further information and forms can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01803 208862. -Ends- For further information please contact: Michelle Pierce , Communications Officer on 01803 208850. -3-
"Torbay Armed Forces Day"