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Event offered chance to thank the heroes

Malvern Editorial 2nd Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN residents have expressed their thanks to those who serve in the Armed Forces at an event in town.

The family fun day at Victoria Park on Saturday (June 28) survived some torrential rain and saw members of the Royal Irish Regiment present, who provided a large presence particularly in Upton upon Severn earlier this year when the River Severn burst its banks.

Local cadets also attended and there were stalls and activities for visitors who were also treated to aerial displays.

Malvern’s MP Harriett Baldwin was also present and judged a Remembrance Sunday themed competition.

She said: “This event, which is mirrored up and down the country, is our chance to publicly thank people who serve in the Armed Forces.

“One hundred years after the First World War broke out across Europe, it is important that we remember those who gave their lives and thank those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our lives and values.

“It’s worth remembering that, locally, we had help from the Royal Irish Regiment who came to help out during the floods earlier this year.

“Armed Forces do an enormous amount to be of service at home and abroad and I was keen to say my own personal thanks at this event.”

Mayor Julian Roskams, added: “When the River Severn burst its banks earlier this year, the daily lives of many hundreds of people in our district were severely disrupted as flooding threatened their homes, businesses, schools and communities.

“The local emergency services performed heroically. Today we are here to celebrate the extraordinary support provided by the Royal Irish Regiment during these difficult times for our community, who without hesitation provided not only manpower, resources and considerable skill, but whose very presence was the source of considerable reassurance to local people.

“So on behalf of the people of Malvern, I would like to thank all of you for being there for us in our hour of need.”

Malvern’s district and town councils had collaborated to host the free fun day which was held in association with SSAFA, the Ministry of Defence, The Western Front Association and Help for Heroes.

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