Merton to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Merton Council is inviting all residents to show their appreciation of the Armed Forces community by supporting events to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday 29 June is to assemble at 9.15 am in Abbotsbury Road, Morden where it will be inspected by The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Janice Howard, and the Queen’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE.

A short ceremony will be held outside Merton Civic Centre, in London Road Morden at 9.45am which will be followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag.

Led by the The 151 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps from the Army Reserve Centre in Stonecot Hill, the parade is due to set off from Abbotsbury Road at 10am.  The parade is to pass by the Civic Centre on its way to the bandstand in Morden Park, where there is to be some short speeches given by the guest dignitaries.

There is to be a host of attractions in the park for people to enjoy following the ceremony, including a funfair, entertainments and refreshments.

Councillor Dennis Pearce, Chair of the Armed Forces Day Steering Group, said:  “Our event is being held to recognise and celebrate the greatly valued contribution made by the Armed Forces community – including currently serving troops, Service families, veterans, reservists and cadets.

I would encourage all residents to join us in showing our appreciation and help give a morale boost to all personnel and their families who are serving to keep our country safe. Residents are invited to both join in the parade and watch from the side-lines.”

The route will be clearly marked and there will be some road closures in place.