Malvern Link pays tribute to armed forces, but numbers down due to stormy weather

Malvern Link pays tribute to armed forces, but numbers down due to stormy weather

2614637601. The 1017 Malvern Air Cadets with Sgt Thomas Gillmore (right).

2614637602. Malvern armed forces day, Malvern Sea Cadets with Sub Lt Martyn Barber, their commanding officer.

2614637603. Armed Forces Day Organiser Sarah Grout with Jeremy Grout with their forces-themed stall from the Malvern Event Organiser.

2614637604. SSAFA awareness (l-r) Barrie Burke, secretary and Sue Miller, caseworker.

2614637605. Wartime teatime cakes, (from left) Jennifer Summerfield, Lisa Summerfield and Emma Barlow.

2614637606. Elizabeth Hertogs of the West Front Organisation in a traditional First World War nurses uniform with handmade poppies. Pictures by David Griffiths.

2614637607 David Griffiths 28.06.2014 Malvern armed forces day, Prof. Alan Harrison in traditional WWI Scottish Highlanders pipers uniform regaling tales from the wars and forces songs on the pipes. ENDS (7647179)

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CROWDS were down at this year's armed forces day event in Malvern, after storms on Saturday afternoon dissuaded many for attending.

The event, in Victoria Park, Malvern Link, attracted more than 2,000 people last year, when it was staged for the first time.

But changeable weather this weekend meant that numbers were wel, down, to the disappointment of organisers.

Town councillor Ian Hopwood, one of the team behind the day, said: "The bad weather started as soon as the event did, with a thunderstorm overhead as the drumhead service was held at noon.

"And we had further downpours throughout the day, so a lot of people who might have come along will have decided to stay home. I had to go home twice to change my suit."

"It's a pity because all the attractions that we promised were there. I was worried about the two aerobatic displays in the afternoon, but they managed to perform in the gaps between the storms."

Among the participants were the Royal British Legion, the Western Front Association, and Malvern's Army,

Navy, and Sea Cadets. Malvern Hills Brass Band provided music, and attractions included field gun runs by the Navy Cadets, a lone piper, games for kids and face painting.

The event was held to express appreciation for the work and sacrifices of the armed forces and to raise money for the charity SSAFA, which supports service personnel in need, although it is not yet known how much money was raised.

Cllr Hopwood said: "We had about a dozen representatives from the Royal Irish Regiment , who we invited because of the sterling work they did during the floods last winter.

"We wanted to say thank-you, so the county council presented them with a paperweight with the Worcester Pear design, the district council presented them with a copy of the Turner painting of Malvern, and the town council with the shield of the town."

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