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Veterans and soldiers celebrated in Romford for Armed Forces Day

PUBLISHED: 14:18 30 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 30 June 2018

The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford.

The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford.

Hayley Anderson

Hundreds of people from across the borough gathered in the town centre this morning to pay their respects to the men and women that have fought and continue to fight to "keep the peace".

The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford outside Havering Town Hall.The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford outside Havering Town Hall.

Celebrations to mark Armed Forces Day kicked off with a parade of veterans, soldiers, cadets and brownies who marched from South Street, through Romford Market, becoming stopping outside Havering Town Hall.

The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford led the parade and performed for the audience once they reached the end of the parade.

Romford resident Maria Wilkinson read a poem which she wrote for the occasion and Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel also said a few words about the special day.

He said: “Today’s parade is an important opportunity to raise public awareness of the outstanding contributions by those who serve in your majesty’s armed forces.

“We should never, never, never forget those in the armed services that gave their lives in the First and Second World War and those who are currenlty serving in other countries to try and keep the peace.

“We should be really proud of those men and women and we shall continue to celebrate Armed Forces Day for many years to come.”

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