The Armed Forces Day flag will take an exhilarating journey by air, water and land across Guildford to mark the start of Armed Forces Week on Monday 22 June 2015. All three forces – The Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will be involved.
Its journey starts at Stoke Park at 10.30am when the Royal Air Force (RAF) delivers it in a Chinook helicopter where it will be met by local schoolchildren and Cadets.
In order for this to take place safely there will be a short, temporary road closure at Parkway as the Chinook flies over.
Two Army Foxhound armoured vehicles and quad bikes will then manoeuvre to the back of the aircraft for the handover of the flag. The Army will travel from Stoke Park to Dapdune Wharf and pass the flag to the Royal Navy (RN).
At 11am, The Royal Navy will take the flag along the River Wey in rigid inflatable boats to Town Wharf in the centre of Guildford and hand it to three highly decorated service representatives.
The procession party will move up the High Street to the Guildhall, and the flag will be passed to the Mayor of Guildford. Its journey now complete, the Mayor will officially welcome the flag from the balcony and it will be raised to a fanfare by the Royal Marines.
The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, said: “I recently had an exciting visit to RAF Odiham to learn how to salute correctly. I also met the pilot of the Chinook that will bring the flag to Stoke Park on 22 June. The flag raising event is a wonderful way to mark the start of Armed Forces week and I am delighted to be a part of it.”
Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, added: “We are all very excited as the Armed Forces Day National Event draws ever closer. It is going to be an action packed exciting day with something for everyone and the flag raising is just the start.”
“In delivering the Armed Forces Day flag to Guildford in such an exciting and dynamic way that highlights some of the capabilities of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, it sets the scene for what will be a stunning day of celebration of our Armed Forces.” said Colonel Charlie Lambert on behalf of the Armed Forces Day Military Planning Group.
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