Armed Forces Day Cornwall
Falmouth hosted its biggest ever one day event when serving and past military personnel descended on the Historic Maritime town for Armed Forces Day Cornwall.
A full programme of events took place across the town on land, sea and in the air as the town welcomed thousands of visitors who rubbed shoulders with military veterans. The celebrated day for Cornwall involved many generations and community groups, raising awareness of the contribution made to the country and county by those who had served and those who are still serving with the Armed Forces.
Aerial displays from the Battle of Britain memorial flight in the shape of a Spitfire and Lancaster Bomber were also joined by a Search and Rescue Sea King from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, demonstrating some of its SAR skills. The distinctly Red and Grey coloured helicopter is an iconic feature around the coastline of Cornwall, providing “24/7” emergency rescue cover for the South West region and local community.
On the water, HMS Brocklesby and RFA Lyme Bay exclusively opened their gangways to visitors in Falmouth Docks, allowing the public a chance to get up close and personal with today’s Royal Navy. Whilst on the Land around the streets of Falmouth, people were able to see displays, marching bands and military hardware that was all on show. This unique opportunity to talk with Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen from the regular, reserve and cadet forces was eagerly taken up by many of the visitors to the all day event.