Haverhill Market Square climax to Armed Forces Week events

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Haverhill began its Armed Forces Week on Monday with a flag raising in the Market Square.

It was combined with a short service to commemorate the service of members of the British Armed Forces and was the first act in a week of events.

Tomorrow sees the rededication of Haverhill War Memorial after the names of two RAF men, Sergeant Thomas English, of 9 Squadron, and Pilot Officer John Gurteen of 504 Squadron, were added.

The memorial to Sgt Graham Cox, who was killed in Northern Ireland in 1971, has also been raised and angled to make it more visible.

On Saturday there is an Armed Forces Day event in the Market Square and St Mary’s Church between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

Haverhill Town Council said: “This nationally marked day is a chance to show support to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.”

At noon there will be flag raising ceremony on the Market Square. This will be officiated by members of the Royal British Legion and Haverhill Town Mayor, Councillor David Roach.

The Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadet Band will lead a parade through the town centre leaving from the Arts Centre to arrive at noon.

There will also be a number of military vehicles including World War Two jeeps and trucks on display together with information stands from various uniformed groups.

In St Mary’s Churchyard, Haverhill Family History Group will have a stall with a display of medals, memorabilia and vintage lawn mowers.

Haverhill Sequence Dance Club will be demonstrating some of the dances popular during the two World Wars , showing off their foxtrot, jive and swing and inviting members of the public to join in.

Armed Forces Day coincides with St Mary’s Church Fete in the churchyard so there will be stalls and refreshments.

Further events are planned to mark the start of 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme next week, beginning with a whistle blowing in Haverhill Cemetery at 7.30am, which was the time officers blew whistles to send men ‘over the top’.

From next Friday to Sunday there will be displays and events in St Mary’s Church. For details, see next week’s Haverhill Echo.