It’s easy to underestimate how much the public like to interact with members of the Armed Forces. Queen Square in Bristol played host to the city’s first-ever Armed Forces Day celebration. Designed to support armed forces past and present, the day enabled visitors to see and sit on huge bits of machinery, talk to servicemen and woman, express their respect and find out the realities of their lives.
Military equipment and vehicle displays ran alongside the event with information and charity stalls placed around the square. In addition, a full programme of live music ran throughout the day with a whole range of acts including the Sisters of Swing, the Royal Military Drum Corps, the Bristol Military Wives Choir and the Westerly Show Band.
The event was hosted and organised by Bristol City Council in partnership with Bristol’s Armed Forces Community and blessed with sunshine. Given the success of the show’s debut, it’s likely to become an annual event.
The undoubted star of the show was 92 year old George “Johnny” Johnson who is the last surviving Dambuster having flown the mission when he was just 22 .