Haverhill shows its support for the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force
Haverhill Town Council has announced its plans for Armed Forces Day 2021 which this year falls on Saturday 26 June. Armed Forces Day is a national event designed to show support and thanks to the all the armed forces for the work they do.
Prior to this, the annual Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony will take place on the Market Square on Monday 21 June at 2.00pm. Prayers will be said to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. The Mayor of Haverhill, Councillor Liz Smith invites you to attend this socially distanced event.
On Saturday 26 June a convoy of military vehicles, emergency service vehicles and scooters will tour the streets of Haverhill leaving the arts centre car park at 11.00am (route below) Please come out and give them a wave and a cheer as they drive past. The convoy will finish at the Market Square and here you can see some of the vehicles in close-up and talk to their owners. Bring a picnic to enjoy in St Mary’s Churchyard as you are entertained by the Apple Blossom Vintage Singers performing classic numbers from the 30s, 40s and 50s (at 11.30am – 12.00pm and 1.15pm-1.45pm) and the Cambridge Swing Dance Troupe.
At 1.00pm the flags of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will be raised on Haverhill Market Square.
Refreshments will be available from St Mary’s Church. Local organisations such as the Royal British Legion and The Suffolk Family History Group will be present and St Mary’s Church will open up the tower to visitors. The Royal British Legion will be holding a raffle with prizes kindly donated by various businesses and individuals in the town.
This event conforms to the latest government guidance.
Please note this schedule is subject to change.
Images below are of the (very rainy) convoy in 2020. Thanks to Sandra Arnold and Wayne Symons for sharing.
Military vehicle convoy - the route
Please note these timings are approximate
11.00am: Leave Arts Centre – left onto Duddery Hill
11.01am: Hamlet Road
11.02am: Sturmer Arches
11.03am-11.-05am: Chalkstone Way / Coupals Road
11.05am-11.07am: Roman Way
11.07am-11.09am: Coupals Road Chalkstone Way
11.09am-11.11am: Shetland Road
11.11am-11-15am: Chalkstone Way / Millfields Way (does not pass The Rovers or Samuel Ward)
11.15am-11.18am: Wratting Road / Cangle/ Withersfield Road
11.18am: Howe Road
11.19am-11.21am: Arrendene Road/Howe Road
11.21am-112.23am: Withersfield Road / Park Road
11.23am-11.25am: Hawthorn Road
11.25am-11.27am: Park Road / Chimswell Way / Appleacre Road
11.27am-11.30am: Bergamot Road / Chivers Road
11.30am-11.32am: Burton End
11.32am-11.35am: Greenfields Way
11.35am-11.37am: Duddery Hill / Hamlet Road
11.41am: Market Square