Troops march through Havant for Armed Forces Day

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Troops marched through Havant this morning as part of events to mark Armed Forces Day.

Soldiers from 47th Regiment and 16th Regiment Royal Artillery marched to the grounds of The Plaza behind the band of the Queen’s Division.

Soldiers marched through Havant to mark Armed Forces Day

Soldiers marched through Havant to mark Armed Forces Day

It was quite a spectacle as dignitaries, veterans, council employees, and residents gathered to welcome the parade.

A ceremony led by the Reverend Pennie Payne marked the dedication and sacrifice of the nation’s servicemen and women, both serving and retired.

The poignant service also commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on June 18, 1815.

The Mayor of Havant borough, Leah Turner, spoke of the battle and its links with the birth of Waterlooville.

Cllr Turner was all smiles as she was joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, Brigadier David Harrison, to inspect the troops.

Bombardier Joe Washington and Sergeant Neil Reilly, both of 47 Regiment, had the honour of raising the Armed Forces Day flag.

Bombardier Washington is part of 43 Battery, which fought at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium to defeat Napoleon’s army.

He said: ‘It was nice to hear them talking about the history of Waterloo. It’s good for us to be here.’

The 16th Regiment is based at Thorney Island, near Emsworth, and the 47th Regiment is now based at Larkhill, Wiltshire, after moving from Thorney.

The 47th Regiment were given freedom of Havant borough three years ago and were invited back for the parade.

Sergeant Reilly added: ‘It was a massive honour for us to raise the flag.’

The Armed Forces Day flag will be flown each day from sunrise to sunset until this Saturday, which is Armed Forces Day, as a demonstration of the borough’s support for the armed forces.

Elsewhere in the area, flag raising ceremonies were held in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square, Fareham and Gosport.