Armed Forces Day 2021

Community Sat 26 Jun 2021 11:00AM

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

11.38am: Lidl

11.39am: Cineworld

11.40am: Aldi

11.41am: Market Square

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