Crowds turn out for South Wales Armed Forces Day

THOUSANDS of people turned out to support an event that took place in Cardiff last Saturday (June 27, 2015) to celebrate the men and women who make up the armed forces community.

South Wales Armed Forces Day took place on Saturday, June 27 at Coopers Field in Bute Park. Our dealership on Hadfield Road was one of the principal sponsors for the second year running.

Gareth Howells, our General Manager at the dealership, explained: “We had such a great day and it was fantastic to see so many people supporting our Armed Forces.

“The day was a chance for us to show our gratitude and support to the men and women who make, and have made, such a huge contribution on behalf of our country. The spectacular military displays and activities made it a fantastic family day out.

“We were incredibly proud to be one of the principle sponsors again for the South Wales Armed Forces Day."

We attended on the day with a selection of cars and informed military personnel that they can get up to 22% off new Nissan vehicles at our dealerships.

Gareth added: “This year we also sponsored The Welsh Horse Yeomanry. They demonstrated the considerable heritage and history of The Welsh Horse Yeomanry and paid tribute to their significant role in the First World War.

“The Welsh Horse Yeomanry presented CADFARCH - Welsh War Horse - a re-enactment showing the initial commandeering of civilian horses by the Army in the early days of the First World War, and then training them for their new military duties.

“1 st, The Queen's Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) was formed in 1958 when the King's Dragoon Guards and The Queen's Bays were amalgamated. The Welsh Horse has adapted its display of Cavalry Through the Ages to depict the history and uniforms of the two regiments from the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 to the First World War."

Today's Welsh Horse commemorates historical military events, but celebrates the fact that horses are no longer used and sacrificed in conflicts.

Armed Forces Day South Wales was held in both Cardiff Castle and Coopers Field, Bute Park, Cardiff. The day started at 11am with a parade through Cardiff City centre from and back to the castle. A Drum Head service followed in the Castle grounds. From 1.30pm onwards there was entertainment including Military bands, re-enactments and the Cadet Field Gun Run.

The aim of Armed Forces Day South Wales was to raise awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

It also gives people an opportunity to show their support to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving personnel, to service families, veterans and cadets.

Gareth added: “The event also commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Welsh Guards, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and World War II VE Day."

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Photograph caption one: (From left to right) Peter Mcdonald, Drum Major and Chris Lindsay, Pipe Sergeant from the City of Newport Pipes & Drums at the Wessex Garages stand at the South Wales Armed Forces Day.

Photograph caption two: The Welsh Horse Yeomanry at the South Wales Armed Forces Day.