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Flag is raised to mark the start of Armed Forces Week​

A FLAG-RAISING event took place at Caerphilly Castle on Monday (June 20, 2016) to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. 

As we’re one of the principle sponsors of the South Wales Armed Forces Day some of our members of staff attended the event to show their support. 

Gareth Howells, our General Manager at Wessex Garages on Hadfield Road in Cardiff, said: “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 and members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force were joined by The Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Councillor Dianne Price, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Alan Higgs and Assembly Member for Caerphilly, Hefin David for the ceremony and to watch the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag.”

The main event for the week will be South Wales Armed Forces Day, which will take place this Saturday, June 25 at Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields on Crescent Road in Caerphilly.

Gareth added: “We are incredibly proud to be one of the principle sponsors again for the South Wales Armed Forces Day. This is the first time the popular annual event will be held in Caerphilly and we are sure the town will turn out in their thousands to support the event. We just can’t wait to attend. 

“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 Silver Stars, the Parachute Display Team of the Royal Logistic Corps. The Silver Stars parachute display team consists of Regular Army and Army Reserve logistics personnel based at units across the UK, Germany and Cyprus.”

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.

Service personnel, Regular and Reserve, from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, as well as Cadets and Armed Forces veterans will form a parade at 11am on June 25 through the streets of Caerphilly town centre, before a special Drum Head Service at 11.55am is held against the backdrop of Caerphilly Castle.

Visitors to the free event will then be invited to an afternoon of family fun on Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields on Crescent Road where the area will be taken over by a collection of military stalls and marquees, demonstrations, an events arena and a licensed bar. 

Colonel Phil Hubbard, Chairman of the Armed Forces Day South Wales Committee, said: “This year’s Armed Forces Day event is particularly important as it marks some key anniversaries, including the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood, which began in early July 1916 as the Somme offensive was at its height. Hundreds of Welshmen died at Mametz, most of them volunteers, and thousands more were casualties.

“It’s also the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets, which comprises both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) and both were established in 1941. 

“We’re delighted that the No 1 Welsh Wing Band, which is formed of ATC Cadets in South Wales, will feature in the parade and also perform in the main events arena.”  

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Photograph caption: (From left to right) The Goat Major, Sergeant Mark Jackson, of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, and the goat, Shenkin, with William Cull, New Car Sales Executive at Wessex Garages, at the flag raising event at Caerphilly Castle.