Generations enjoy an Armed Forces Day epic in Wakefield

Chelsea Manning and Kate Garside camouflage up on the Yorkshire Cadets stand at the Nostell Priory Armed Forces Day. Picture by Dean Atkins.
Chelsea Manning and Kate Garside camouflage up on the Yorkshire Cadets stand at the Nostell Priory Armed Forces Day. Picture by Dean Atkins.
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A cross-generaional crowd enjoyed an Armed Forces Day celebration to remember in the stately grounds of Nostell Priory.

Enthusiasts of all ages were drawn to the 18th Century National Trust site, near Wakefield, to witness highlights that included a Spitfire flypast and a freefall parachute display on Saturday.

A pipe band plays to visitors of the Armed Forces Day event. Picture by Dean Atkins.

A pipe band plays to visitors of the Armed Forces Day event. Picture by Dean Atkins.

The event ran alongside a series of similar celebrations nationwide, which saw hundreds of veterans, serving military personnel and cadets come together to commemorate the service of men and women in the forces.

A display of army vehicles, a climbing wall and the opportunity for youngsters to don camouflage paint and try on army gear were among the most popular attractions during a largely overcast afternoon.

Coun Sandra Pickin, Wakefield Council’s Mayor and armed forces champion, said: “The day recognises the contribution of those who have fought to protect our country and those still serving.”

Hundreds of visitors braved the weather to enjoy performances from military bands and a police dog show, which coincided with flying visits from the helicopters of West Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Attractions including an inflatable assault course and paintballing also got the adrenaline pumping.

Picture by Dean Atkins.

Picture by Dean Atkins.

Coun Pickin added: “Thank you to all who came and supported us at Nostell Priory Armed Forces Day. Thanks to all the workers, volunteers and military for a fantastic day.”

A flag raising ceremony will take place today at County Hall, Wakefield, to mark Armed Forces Week before reservists are encouraged to wear uniforms to work on Wednesday ahead of National Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

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