Crowds turned out for Merton’s Armed Forces Day parade this weekend (25 June), to celebrate the work and bravery of the UK’s armed forces and emergency services.
For the first time in the history of the parade in Merton, the borough’s mayor, Councillor Brenda Fraser, and the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE, inspected the parade before it processed through Morden to St Lawrence’s Church for a special service.
In another first, military vehicles from Stonecot Hill, home to the reservists from the 151 Regiment The Royal Logistics Corps, formed part of the parade. Members of the Gurkha community, invited guests and schoolchildren from local schools in the area also took part.
Following the dedication service at the war memorial outside the civic centre, where the mayor and Deputy Lieutenant raised the Union flag, the parade went through Morden to St Lawrence Church where there was a special service conducted by the Reverend Les Wells of St George’s, Morden, Imam Naseem Ahmad Bajwa from the Baitul Futuh Mosque and a representative from the Nepalese Gurkha community.
Mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser said: “Our Armed Forces Parade was a fitting way in which pay tribute to the men and women who work so hard in often very challenging circumstances. It was a wonderful occasion and it was good to see many people turn out to see the parade pass through Morden.”
Councillor Denis Pearce, who led the organisation of the parade, said: “It was a wonderful occasion and I was proud to see Merton turning out to support our armed forces. They have a challenging job to do and we owe them so much.”