Spectacular parade delights crowds on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 14:51 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 26 June 2017

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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This is the moment more than 200 soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment arrived in Saffron Walden as part of this year’s Armed Forces Day.

Children practice finding mines on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOChildren practice finding mines on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The event saw a spectacular parade on June 24, with the servicemen marching to the beat of the Band of the Parachute Regiment from Common Hill West.

Children watch bomb disposal kit in action on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOChildren watch bomb disposal kit in action on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Royal Marine Herbie Ketch, 91, who was coxswain on board a landing craft at Gold beach on D-Day - he landed Company Sgt Major Stanley Hollis of the Green Howards, the only recipient of a Victoria Cross from D-Day. At Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORoyal Marine Herbie Ketch, 91, who was coxswain on board a landing craft at Gold beach on D-Day - he landed Company Sgt Major Stanley Hollis of the Green Howards, the only recipient of a Victoria Cross from D-Day. At Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Spectators lining King Street also caught a glimpse of the parade before it stopped in Market Square where it was inspected by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Richard Freeman.

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Saffron Walden Mayor Dr Richard Freeman inspects the troops on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOSaffron Walden Mayor Dr Richard Freeman inspects the troops on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Saffron Walden Mayor Dr Richard Freeman inspects the troops on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOSaffron Walden Mayor Dr Richard Freeman inspects the troops on Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“Everyone I spoke to said it was a great day and the parade went really well,” Sgt Steve Campbell, who organised the event, said.

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“The interaction between the community and showing them what we do as a unit [is why the day is important]. It’s something which has happened in the past and I think it should continue.”

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Armed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOArmed Forces Day in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Following the parade, visitors descended on The Common to enjoy funfair rides, food stalls, a live band and military vehicle exhibits.

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