Merton to celebrate armed forces

Merton Council is joining in the UK-wide celebrations to thank the country’s armed forces for their bravery and dedicated service on Saturday 24 June 2017.

Armed Forces Day 2016

This year’s Armed Forces Day will start at 9.15 am, mustering in Abbotsbury Road and will be inspected by the Queen’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE together with Merton’s Mayor, Cllr Marsie Skeete.

There will be a short ceremony outside of the civic centre in Morden at 9.45am followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag.

At 9.55 am, the parade will begin leaving Abbotsbury Road and turn into London Road, Morden.

It will march past the civic centre, processing to the bandstand in Morden Park, where the occasion will be marked by a few words from the Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan, Rector of Emmanuel Church in Morden, David Ruddick, Imam Naseem Ahmad Bajwa of Baitul Futuh Mosque, Morden and a representative from the Nepalese Gurkha community.

People are invited to join the parade or watch from the sidelines. The route will be clearly marked and there will be some road closures in place. Details will be on

The parade will be led by the reservists from the 151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps from the Army Reserve Centre in Stonecot Hill, together with representatives from several other organisations.

Members of the Gurkha community, invited guests and school children from local schools in the area will attend as well.

Councillor Dennis Pearce, who has organised the event, said: “Our armed forces do an amazing job in serving their country. We want as many people as possible to join us for what will be a fantastic day celebrating their dedication to us all.”

Refreshments will be provided afterwards in Morden Park.