Salisbury AFD could have a lasting legacy

Salisbury AFD could have a lasting legacy

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:47am 2nd July 2019.

3 minute read

Organisers of the events at Hudson's Field hope it will have really helped to bring the military and civilian communities together.

As the dust settles on the huge National Armed Forces Day weekend (Friday 28th - Sunday 30th June), attentions to what the event's done for the city as a whole.

Leader of Wiltshire Council, Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, thinks it could bring positives for a long time to come:

"To see the city like it's been on the TV, and on the radio, and in the newspapers, this weekend, that's us getting back to normal. It's continually putting out this city as being a beautiful, beautiful place. A place that had amazing things to do, and a place that's safe."

After the troubles of last year, organisers say the three day event at Hudson's Field couldn't have gone better.

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The main stage at Salisbury AFD was the place to be at the weekend

Thousands of people attended each of the Armed Forces Day activities, with 27,000 going along to the Saturday alone.

There were also thousands more that lined the city centre streets to watch a military parade. 

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The parade was a real highlight of the Armed Forces weekend


One of the aims of hosting the National Armed Forces Day event was to help with the integration of our local communities with military families living here too.

That's especially become a focus as the Army Rebasing Programme continues, with around 4,000 troops plus their families, moving into the area before 2020.

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Crowds making their way up Castle Road following the event

Commander of the Army for the South West, Colonel Andrew Dawes, tells us what they hoped Salisbury AFD would do:

"A lot of this (event) was about reassuring (those families) that Wiltshire is a place that wants them, understands them and will be a wonderful home for them to enjoy as well."

Salisbury AFD 2019 - Friday
School students got the chance to have a look around the military village at Hudson's Field at the start of the event, speaking to personnel about their jobs


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