Staff attend flag raising event for Armed Forces Week

Staff from our dealership on Hadfield Road in Cardiff attended a flag-raising event at Cardiff Castle on Monday (June 22, 2015) to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

Gareth Howells, our General Manager of the dealership, explained: “We were delighted we could attend the ceremony to honour current and past servicemen and women and mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

“Veterans, cadets and members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force were joined by The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor David Walker for the ceremony and to watch the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag at the Castle keep."

The main event for the week will be South Wales Armed Forces Day, which will take place this Saturday, June 27 at Coopers Field in Bute Park.

Gareth added: “We are incredibly proud to also be one of the principle sponsors again for the South Wales Armed Forces Day.

“The day is a great 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 will also make the day a fantastic family day out.

“This year we have also sponsored The Welsh Horse Yeomanry. They will demonstrate the considerable heritage and history of The Welsh Horse Yeomanry and will be paying tribute to their significant role in the First World War.

“The Welsh Horse Yeomanry will present 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.

The aim of Armed Forces Day South Wales is 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.

Colonel Phil Hubbard, Chairman of the Armed Forces Day South Wales Committee, said: “Armed Forces Day South Wales has become an important annual event which has grown with Armed Forces', veterans' and their families' involvement and the support and attendance of the general public.

“I would like to thank Wessex Garages for its support once again and to everyone who has helped make it possible.

“As part of the event we will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Welsh Guards, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and World War II VE Day.

“Around these iconic dates will be woven the story of our Armed Forces, past and present, so come along, have a great day out, enjoy the show and show your support."

Armed Forces Day South Wales will be held in both Cardiff Castle and Coopers Field, Bute Park, Cardiff on Saturday, June 27.

The day will start at 11am with a parade through Cardiff City centre from and back to the castle. A Drum Head service will follow in the Castle grounds. From 1.30pm onwards there will be entertainment including Military bands, re-enactments, the Cadet Field Gun Run and much more. For more information, please visit www.afdsouthwales.org.

For more information, please call our dealership on Hadfield Road on 02921 677 627.

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Photograph caption one: (From left to right) Richard Mapley, New Car Sales Manager at Wessex Garages with Elliot Paffey, Royal British Legion – Machen, Sidney Inseal, RAF Association and Albert Paffey, Chairman Royal British Legion – Machen, at the raising of the flag ceremony.

Photograph caption two: Sergeant Mark Jackson Royal Welsh 3rd Battalion with Shaekin the regimental mascot at the raising of the flag ceremony at Cardiff Castle.


Photograph caption three: (From left to right) Sergeant Mark Jackson Royal Welsh 3rd Battalion with Shaekin the regimental mascot and Richard Mapley, New Car Sales Manager at Wessex Garages at the raising of the flag ceremony at Cardiff Castle.


Photograph caption four: The Armed Forces Day flag at Cardiff Castle.