Sir George Young and the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Janet Whiteley, formally opened Andover's Armed Forces Day at 10am at Vigo Park.
Sir George congratulated the three men who had planned the event - Paul "Johno" Johnson, Steve Badby and Andrew Toze. "We are all very grateful to them for the energy which they have invested in this event, which raises the profile of the armed forces in and around Andover." Sir George said that the event in Andover was one of 300 events taking place in the United Kingdom, and it was an opportunity for the local people to recognise, repay and honour the courage of our armed forces. "Over the past 10 years, our armed forces have been more active than at any time since the Second World War, and we recognise their patriotism, their dedication and their courage." Sir George said that the event was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the armed forces, but also to remember the sacrifices that they had made.
A wide range of attractions were in Vigo Park, and stalls were there with army related charities such as SSAFA. Local cadets ran an assault course, and, unlike last year, the event was blessed with good weather.