An event was held at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on Friday to start the countdown to this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.
Veterans, current serving members of the military, reservists and cadets joined the Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher at the theatre to launch this year’s event which takes place at Aylesbury Rugby Club on Saturday June 17.
This family event celebrates all that is good about the armed forces and features live music and entertainment, a spectacular air show, rides and amusements, craft stalls and much more.
At the launch event on Friday, Sir Henry and Lt Col Simon Wilkinson gave a flavour of what to expect and also announced the winner of the children’s poster competition, which gave youngsters the chance to design a poster for use with publicity of the event.
The six shortlisted posters were displayed at the launch event so attendees could cast their votes and the winner was announced as Suhani Potdar, a Year Six pupil at Chesham Bois School.
Suhani was presented with a certificate, a prize of a family ticket for entry to the event and a £25 book token. The runners-up all received a family ticket and a £10 book token.
Tickets for Armed Forces Day 2017 are now available to purchase online at http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/culture-and-leisure/armed-forces-day-2017/general-sales/
They are also available at Aylesbury, Wendover, High Wycombe, Amersham and Burnham libraries.
Discounts are available for all tickets bought prior to the event.
Sir Henry added: “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Buckinghamshire to say thank you to all the ex-servicemen and women in the county as well as showing our support for those who are serving in the armed forces today.
“It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and join in the celebrations.”