Armed Forces Day 2017, Liverpool
Photographs by Patrick Trollope
ON Saturday, 24 June 2017, the nation’s focus was on Liverpool, for Armed Forces
Day 2017. The event was combined with the Mersey River Festival, which ran on
Sunday as well.
Saturday’s activities started with a large parade of Service men
and women, both serving and veterans, along with cadet force members. This large
parade set off from the steps of St George’s Hall, accompanied by a flypast from
an RAF Typhoon (Euro Fighter) whilst on Liverpool Pier Head, a gun salute was
performed by a local army unit. As the parade moved through the streets of
Liverpool, VIPs assembled on the banks of the River Mersey, with the Royal
Navy's Type 23 Frigate, HMS Iron Duke behind.
The dignitaries included:- the Vice
Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, the Prime Minister Theresa
May, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Liverpool City Region Mayor is Steve
Rotherham, and other local mayors and officials from the armed forces.
the taking the salute and representing the Queen was Prince Edward, Earl of
Wessex. The Royal Salute ending the parade coincided with a flypast of the RAF’s
Red Arrows Display Team. Following the parade, Prince Edward, headed over to
some of the displays, which included an Apache Helicopter, to meet veterans and
service man and women, before leaving. You can watch footage of the Salute, and
the Royal walkabout within this week’s issue, in our photographic coverage.
can also see an interview in our photographic coverage section, with a Wirral Apache helicopter pilot, Mark Bowker,
32, who landed and took off in the amazing helicopter from the Pier Head. He
described this as 1 of the most amazing things he has done since he joined the
Then came the Dragon Boat Racing, on the docks, with teams from Cammell
Laird’s, HMS Iron Duke, local Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets taking part. You
can watch our footage of this on our Facebook Page.
Just after the Dragon Boat
Racing, the Prime Minister left, also walking through the display area on her
way out of the event. She also stopped at times to talk to service personnel and
veterans along the way.
At round 2pm, eyes were again looking up at the sky as
the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over the River Mersey,
performing a short, but very well received flypast.
As lots of activities took
place on land, it was extremely hard to get around and see it all, due to the
huge volume of people who came out to see this spectacle, which honours those
serving and those who have served in our armed forces. Throughout the day there
was street theatre across the Pier Head and food concessions and bars throughout
the site, keeping young and old entertained.
At 4pm, the Royal Navy Wildcat
flypast took place, again over the Mersey. The day ended with Beating Retreat
and Ceremonial Sunset by the Royal Marines Band from the area next to Cruise
Liverpool’s passenger lounge. Did you attend or take part?
We would love to know
what you thought of the event and also hear you memories of the day. Please
email us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com today. To see our
1st part of our
photographic coverage of this event, please click on
now. More information about Armed Forces day can be found on:-