Thousands enjoyed Armed Forces Day at Nostell Priory

29 Jume 2013.....Armed Forces Day event at Nostell Priory nr Wakefield.Seth Quayle from Allerton Bywater.

29 Jume 2013.....Armed Forces Day event at Nostell Priory nr Wakefield.Seth Quayle from Allerton Bywater.

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Thousands of people celebrated Armed Forces Day at Nostell Priory at the weekend.

The event, organised by Wakefield Council in conjunction with the National trust-run stately home, was the city’s biggest ever to support serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Around 8,000 people enjoyed a day of activities and entertainment, which included a marching band, spitfire static display, a farmers market, police dogs display, a craft fair, The Ravens parachute display, a climbing wall and an inflatable obstacle course.

Coun Sandra Pickin, Wakefield Council’s armed forces champion, said: “Saturday was a tremendous success and I’d like to thank all the service personnel and event organisers for making it possible.

“I’d also like thank everyone who attended for making the day such a success. Public support for the event has been overwhelming and it’s fantastic that they want to pay tribute to the Armed Forces in this way.”

She said they are already hoping to make next year’s event even bigger and better.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The National Trust were fantastic hosts for this event, and the service personnel involved put on some breath taking displays.

“It was with great pride that I opened the event by paying tribute to the Armed Forces for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our country.”

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who was seriously injured in Afghanistan serving with 7 Para RHA in September 2006, presented six school children with prizes for an Armed Forces-themed colouring competition.

There were lots of activities for children and many people brought picnics to have in the grounds.

See Friday’s Express for more pictures.