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Northampton Armed Forces Day 2019

Posted on 1st July, 2019

As with most of the UK, Armed Forces Day was celebrated in Northampton on 29 June.

 

The obligatory parade started from the top of Abington Street, travelling the short distance down to the Market Square. It then took the salute as it circled past the Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire David Laing, mayor Nazim Choudary, Northamptonshire County Council chairman Stephen Legg, and The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Nicholas Robertson. Another circuit of Market Square was followed by a short speech from the Lord-Lieutenant. Unfortunately for him though, I'm not sure too many people were swayed by his valiant attempt to counter the despondency and despair that pervades the town.

 

A selection of relevant side-stalls kept the attention of attendees, in conjunction with music from pipe & military bands, and, an enthusiastic young rock & roller Hayden Regan. The main attraction for me however, was obviously the chance to snap a few of the interesting-looking characters.

 

The photo shows a member of the Nene Valley Pipe Band taking a well-earned drink following one of the band's sets in the baking heat.

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