Derby & Ilkeston - Armed Forces Day
w/e 25 June 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Armed Forces Day

Saturday June 24th was Armed Forces Day and an event was held in Derby's Market Place organised by the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) charity.
Sons of Ghurkas

There were displays throughout the day including a special 'Kukri' dance performed by the sons of Ghurkas.
Air Force Cadets

Air Force Cadets gave a marching display ....
Army Cadets

.... as did Army Cadets too. Other military units including the Royal Yeomanry were present at the event as well as the Derbyshire Sea Cadets, the Royal Marines Association, REME Association, SSAFA, RAFA and Forces in the Community.
Giant Poppy

The Royal British Legion were in attendance too complete with a giant walking poppy. Displays continued throughout the afternoon but we left after lunch to return to Ilkeston and the Erewash Museum.
Erewash Museum

The Royal British Legion also had a presence at the museum where the annual "Swing Back To The Forties" event was being staged. A Military Police vehicle was parked at the entrance.
The Forties Army

Armed Forces personnel in period costume including the Royal Navy as well as the Army were on the museum's lawn with various equipment on display.

Entertainment was provided by Johnny Victory with a selection of wartime songs followed by a rousing speech by "Winnie" - the Prime Minister during the first half of the forties decade, Winston Churchill.
Period Costume

Civilian costumes of the period were prominent all round the museum.
Jive Dancing

The Festival Swing Dance Society demonstrated various popular dances of the forties including the Jive.

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