Merton to pay tribute to armed forces

Merton Council is calling on residents to come along and celebrate the national Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June 2018.

Armed Forces Day 2017

Armed Forces Day 2017

This year’s parade will assemble at 9.15am outside the civic centre on Abbotsbury Road and will be inspected by the Queen’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE together with the Mayor of Merton, Cllr Mary Curtin.

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

At 9.55am, the parade will leave Abbotsbury Road and turn into London Road, Morden. It will march past the civic centre, processioning to the bandstand in Morden Park, where the occasion will be marked by a few words from the Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE, Rector David Heath-Whyte of St Lawrence Church, Imam, Naseem Ahmad Bajwa of Baitul Futuh Mosque and Khum Kanwar, of South London Nepalese Gurkha Association Morden.

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 Merton Council website.

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.

Councillor Dennis Pearce, Chair of the Armed Forces Day Steering Group, who has organised the event said: “Our Armed Forces Parade is a way of recognising all those serving our country. I would encourage all residents to join us in showing our appreciation.”

Refreshments and live music will be provided afterwards in Morden Park around the bandstand.