Armed Forces Day
On a hot and sunny morning, hundreds of Havering residents turned out to show their support as the borough marked national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.
Shoppers and residents packed the streets to watch the parade as it made its way from South Street to Tollgate House. Among those marching were currently-serving troops, veterans and cadets as well as service families, led by the Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford.
Romford Market Place was also at the centre of the day’s activities as it hosted a street party in partnership with Romford Shopping Hall, which saw families enjoy free face painting, a mini funfair and music.
Marching in the special parade was the Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who told The Enquirer: “It’s a glorious day, a celebration of what our Armed Forces have done for Britain to defend our freedom, our democracy, our way of life. It is wonderful to see our veterans here today who fought for our country.”
A special lunch was held at the street party for local community champions. Recognition was given to those residents who go above and beyond to help their communities.
The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, said: “We would like to thank everyone for joining us once again to show their support and appreciation for our armed forces. It was wonderful to see people of all ages, lining the route of the parade and we hope that they all enjoyed the fabulous street party in Romford Market. Along with the beautiful weather, it made for a fantastic day.”