Salisbury AFD: An awesome celebration

Salisbury AFD: An awesome celebration

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:44am 1st July 2019.

3 minute read

Visitors to the huge three day event at Hudson's Field have described it as 'fantastic', 'mega' and 'amazing'.

The eyes of the country have been on Salisbury this weekend (Friday 28th - Sunday 30th June) for the National Armed Forces Day event.

Salisbury AFD Military Parade
Thousands of people went into Salisbury city centre to watch the AFD parade

Headline acts The Feeling, Kaiser Chiefs and Bjorn Again entertained the crowds at Hudson's Field.

Salisbury AFD Stage Hudson's Field
Crowds were 'setting up camp' at the main stage all weekend

27,000 people went along on the Saturday of the celebrations.

We were also lucky enough to have TWO flypasts from the world famous Red Arrows and a Royal visit from Princess Anne.

Red Arrows at Hudson's Field for Salisbury AFD
The iconic planes flew over Hudson's Field in a surprise appearance on Sunday
Princess Anne at Salisbury Armed Forces Day
The Princess Royal took the salute during a military parade on Blue Boar Row, before visiting the Armed Forces stands at Hudson's Field

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, says the way people came together was a highlight for her:

"I walked down with the crowds, back into the city centre last night, and the atmosphere was just wonderful. It was a real community atmosphere, there was no inappropriate behaviour, no swearing, no drinking in the street, it was just a lovely, family atmosphere, so it was good!"

She's also thanked staff and volunteers at Wiltshire Council and all the charities and organisations involved for their efforts to make it a successful event.

The events were all to honour and celebrate the contribution of our Armed Forces, with plenty of chances to find out more about what the military is all about.

Salisbury AFD Military Village Hudson's Field
Visitors got the chance to find out more about the military by getting hands on with some of their kit and equipment

Colonel Andrew Dawes, Commnader of the Army in the South West, has been speaking to Spire FM about the legacy of Salisbury AFD for the military:

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