Wakefield Armed Forces Day was a Resounding Success
What a gloriously sunny day for the Wakefield Armed Forces Day at Pontefract Park on Sunday. It was a day of wall-to-wall entertainment with some breath taking displays both in the air and on the ground.
We went along with the family, and that includes our mascot Wesley, and felt proud to be part of such a lively and talented community who came together in celebration and respect for those who serve in the Armed Forces, present and past.
A Moving Tribute in the Air and on the Ground
The Veterans parade was moving and uplifting, instilling a sense of awe, respect, and gratitude in everyone who watched. Featuring the Cadet Forces, The Royal British Legion and Veterans, the parade took place early in the day and, while everyone was looking forward to entertainment and enjoyment, it served as a welcome reminder of the reasons why we gathered.
One of the highlights of the day was surely the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane flypast. Everyone waited in eager anticipation and hung around despite the downpour, which thankfully cleared up so the display could go ahead. Just the roar and drone of the engines are enough to get the adrenaline pumping, and seeing the aircraft itself is always exciting. They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore and, while that’s probably a good thing, it’s brilliant that we still have these flying pieces of history to look back on.
Dancing, Dogs, and Acrobatics
Other events were more light-hearted. The 412 Dance Theatre and School of Performing Arts gave an incredible dance performance, and the balance and coordination skills shown by the Normanton Sports Acro crew were amazing.
There was also a display by the West Yorkshire Police dogs, showing how they chase and take down anyone trying to flee justice, and how they go about search and rescue operations. Crowds of onlookers watched as their handlers put them through their paces, and it makes you realise just what an important role they play in helping to keep our community safe.
Activities were around every corner, colourful and lively. Children had a go on the bungee trampoline or took their chances on the paintball range. There were Scout activities and demonstrations, a climbing tower and vintage weapons displays. Vehicle enthusiasts had a field day too, with exhibitions of military and vintage vehicles, fire engines and police motorbikes.
Music, Marching and all that Jazz
There was plenty of music too, with the Army Cadet Band, Minden Bugles and Drums Music Displays demonstrating discipline, dedication and talent, and the Dixieland Jazz Band providing a fun,
lively counterpoint. Mixing military and civilian like this brings us all closer together and reminds us we can still have fun and be lighthearted without losing sight of the more serious aspect of defence and our armed forces.
The event was a huge success and we were proud to be there, taking part. Thanks to everyone who turned out and braved the rainstorm, and to the organisers and everyone who took part to keep us all entertained and informed.