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Thousands of people attended an action-packed Armed Forces Day – and were thrilled by the highlight of the show – a Spitfire flypast.
The iconic fighter plane, piloted by Squadron Leader Andy Millikin, commanding officer of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, made three passes above the Market Place.
The event started with a parade of service personnel, cadets, and veterans led by the band of the 1460 (Banbury) Air Training Corps.
A salute was taken in High Street by town mayor Shaida Hussain and Oxfordshire’s deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Tony Baldry – and there was a special round of applause for the veterans from the crowds lining the streets.
The event, organised by Banbury Town Council, included military demonstrations, static displays, military vehicles and bomb disposal presentations.
“Banbury is renowned for its Armed Forces Days and this year’s event added to the town’s reputation of putting on a truly meaningful show.
“Residents came out in force to support the men and women who make up the armed forces community.”
“Armed Forces Days in Banbury are some of the best in the country. This year was another very special day and we are grateful to everyone who took part in the event and to those who turned out to watch.
“Once again, Banbury people showed their pride in the country’s armed forces.”
Armed Forces Day (formerly Veterans’ Day) is an annual event celebrated nationally to commemorate the men and women of the British Armed Forces.
Veterans’ Day was first observed in 2006 and the name was changed to Armed Forces Day in 2009.
The event takes place on the last Saturday in June to acknowledge the anniversary of the first-ever presentations of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London, on Friday June 26, 1857.
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