Armed Forces Day Yeovil
Bustling crowds joined together in Middle Street Yeovil on united in their support of Armed Forces day on Saturday.
Stalls lined the Town Centre and Sailors from Royal Naval Air Station represented the Armed Forces and mingled amongst the crowds with SSAFA (Soldiers and Sailors Families Association) all in a good cause to raise money in recognition of the men and women of Britain’s Forces and their families.
Peter Brock from SSAFA organised this event with the support of his family, wife Mary Brock, son Jimmy Blest and future daughter in law Sarah Johnson, to mark this important day in our calendar.
Sarah sporting her SSAFA T shirt and selling raffle tickets to the passing public said “the Armed Forces do so much for us it’s important we recognise that and can give them something back saying a really big thank you by supporting their families”.
Kirsty Rowe one of the singers providing entertainment for SSAFAs Armed Forces Day celebration said “it’s for people that have fought for everything that we enjoy here today and our chance to say thanks and help their families. There has been a lot of effort put into today and it’s great to see it so well supported by the local community of Yeovil”.
Lisa Watson was behind a tombola and cup cake stall raising money in support of SSAFA. Lisa has set up a youth marching band in February this year, Yeovil Drum and Trumpet Corp.
Lisa said “ it’s important to be here in support of all the Armed forces and all that they do. It’s essential that our children understand the history and the contribution our Military makes”.
SSAFA is the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity formed in 1885, as the Second Expeditionary Force set sail for Egypt by Major James Gildea. He wrote to The Times appealing for funds and volunteers to look after families left behind. Within three months, the SSAFA was born. Since then, they have supported millions of people.