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Thousands troop to Jordanstown for Armed Forces Day 2024

Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.

Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out to support Armed Forces Day 2024 on Saturday 22 June.

 

The sun shone on the military parade, which comprised of over 600 serving military, veterans and cadets, including theBand of HM Royal Marines (Scotland) and the Band of the Royal Irish Regiment, who entertained the crowds lining the route as the parade made its way from Whiteabbey War Memorial to Jordanstown Loughshore Park.



An incredible aerobatic display by the Red Arrows as part of their diamond season celebrations dazzled the thousands of spectators who had travelled far and wide to see the new nine-aircraft show, which featured manoeuvres not seen for a generation.


Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.
Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Neil Kelly and Lord-Lieutenant Mr David McCorkell KStJ unveiled a special D-Day plaque paying tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of all those involved in the Normandy campaign.

 

A flypast by the RAF Tutor, a gun salute, live music, the Military Village and family entertainment all added to the carnival atmosphere at Jordanstown Loughshore Park as thousands celebrated Armed Forces Day 2024.


Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.
Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.

Speaking at the event Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Neil Kelly said:


“It is a great honour for me as Mayor to host this prestigious event in Newtownabbey. I would like to express my appreciation to the military for giving the Council the opportunity to host this event again in our Borough.

 

“I would like to thank everyone who attended today, and also thank our stakeholders, staff, and volunteers for making the day such an enjoyable experience.”



Senior Naval Officer NI Cdr Rob Milligan MBA FCMI CMgr:


“What a fantastic day in Newtownabbey at Loughshore Park, where ship’s company from HMS HIBERNIA proudly paraded as part of the tri-service event. I was also delighted to have the Royal Marines Band (Scotland) here to take part in Armed Forces Day this year, as well as giving them the opportunity to attend some other events in the Borough over the weekend.”


Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.
Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.
Jordanstown Loughshore Park was fired up as thousands came out today to support Armed Forces Day 2024.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Thomas MBE RE said:


“On behalf of 38 (Irish) Brigade I would like to thank the Councillors, the officers and staff of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for hosting what we all believe was a superb Armed Forces Day.


“Amazing to see so many people attending the event to show their support for the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland and enjoying the equipment the army had on display.”



Air Marshal Sean Reynolds CB CBE DFC RAFR Air Officer NI said:


“It was great to see so many people come along today to show their support to our men and women who make up the Armed Forces community in Northern Ireland. 


“The RAF Red Arrows displaying in their diamond season was the highlight of the day and demonstrates, amongst many, the capabilities of the Royal Air Force.”



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