Series of events planned for Armed Forces Day in Rushden

Rushden War Memorial
Rushden War Memorial

Monies raised by a series of events in Rushden to mark Armed Forces Day will go towards the work of the Royal British Legion.

Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, June 20, but events are being held on both the Saturday and Sunday in Rushden.

Activities hosted by Rushden Historical Transport Society are taking place at the town’s train station in Station Approach.

Society members are organising the weekend of events alongside Rushden’s very own and the UK’s only inland Maritime Volunteer Service and the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

All monies raised will go to the Legion to help them continue their support of military families in the community from veterans to serving and former military personnel and their families.

Other events lined up include a tug-of-war at the station at 7pm on Friday, June 19, with cadet teams taking each other on.

A junior jingle walk of 1.5 miles and an honour walk of 3.2 miles starting from the station will be at 9am on Saturday, June 20. There is a £1 entry fee for the walk.

People will be able to visit the memorial garden at Alfred Street Junior School from 11.30am on Saturday, June 20.

The garden was opened to remember the adults and children killed after the school was bombed in October 1940.

Other events lined-up include a parade led by the Band of the Air Cadets at 1pm on Saturday and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane fly-past on Saturday between 2.20pm and 2.40pm.

A D-Day row and ride is being held in the foyer of Asda for youngsters aged 18 and under invited to contribute towards rowing the distance from Southampton to Normandy as per the D-Day Landings from 10am on Sunday, June 21.

An inter-denominational service of remembrance is also taking place at the Heritage Chapel in Park Street, Rushden, at 10.30am on Sunday.

For more information about the Armed Forces Day events in Rushden go to www.afdrushden.com.