Change Step helps to raise Armed Forces Day flag

Veterans from Change Step helped raise the flag for Armed Forces Day at a special ceremony in Llandudno.

We joined members of the public, schoolchildren and invited dignitaries for the event – which kicked off a week of celebrations in the run up to the big day on Saturday June 30.

The group witnessed a dynamic display by all three forces, and the official arrival and hoisting of the Armed Forces Day flag.  As the host of the UK-wide celebrations, Llandudno expects to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors this week.

 

Joining the parade

Amongst those taking part was 96-year-old RAF veteran Cledwyn Aneurin Evans, a member of the Goldfish Club for airmen who have survived ditching at sea.

Planes he crewed crashed into the cold waters around the Orkney Islands twice during 1944 – in both June and September.

Cledwyn – a long-time member of, fundraiser and standard-bearer for the Royal British Legion, who now benefits from our Aged Veterans’ project – will be accompanied by two RAF cadets when he joins the parade on Armed Forces Day.

 

Peer mentoring

Afghanistan veteran Andrew Wookey said he was pleased to join the flag-raising ceremony in Llandudno.

The 38-year-old – who served with 23 Pioneer Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps for 13 years, including tours to Sierra Leone, Oman, Iraq and Northern Ireland – has benefited from our peer mentoring service in Port Talbot.

“It’s been a good day, and it has been nice to meet some of the older veterans.

“It’s great to have Armed Forces Day for everyone who is still serving, and to show them that we are supporting them.”

Andrew Wookey

 

Following the ceremony, we were pleased to welcome participants to our Troop Café veterans’ hub on Mostyn Broadway – and to be joined for lunch by Mayor and Mayoress of Llandudno David and Mandy Hawkins, residents of the Tŷ Dewr hostel in Wrexham, and Change Step’s friends and colleagues from the Royal British Legion and other veterans’ organisations.

Saturday’s main event will include a parade along the promenade, with HRH The Princess Royal taking the salute, and a programme of military-themed events and displays at Bodafon Fields.

Volunteers from Change Step will be hand during the event to provide support and assistance for veterans taking part in the parade.

 

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