Halifax says Hooray for the heroes

Armed Forces Day parade sets off from Halifax Town Hall.'Keith Gunn (left) and Pat O'Keefe.
Armed Forces Day parade sets off from Halifax Town Hall.'Keith Gunn (left) and Pat O'Keefe.

CROWDS flocked to applaud the bravery of the armed forces when veterans and cadets paraded through Halifax town centre.

The admiration could be seen on the faces of the scores of people who lined the streets to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

Led by West Yorkshire Police Brass Band, the veterans and cadets marched from Halifax Town Hall to Halifax Minster where a special service was held.

They were joined by several dignitaries, including chief executive of the council Owen Williams, Calderdale Police’s divisional commander Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern and Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri, who gave a speech when the parade paused in Southgate.

He commended the armed forces for their courage in promoting peace across the world.

Among the veterans taking part in the parade was Sergeant Major Andy Charlesworth, who served with the Yorkshire Regiment.

He said the day had brought together different generations of servicemen and women.

Also marching was Corporal Peter Walton, who served with the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment.

He said: “I think it’s good to keep servicemen and women in the public eye.

“They may be serving in different countries but they still need to be remembered.”

Earlier in the day, Coun Fekri unveiled a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the old Duke of Wellington’s depot and HQ at Wellesley Barracks in Highroad Well, which is now Halifax High School.