Arbroath on parade!

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Wind speeds of up to 50 mph tested a few kilt pins at the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Day Parade on Saturday.

Royal Marines from 45 Commando Group, Arbroath Royal British Legion Pipe Band, veterans and cadets fought against the gale-force gusts to parade through the town, flanked by a mass of local support.

Arbroath Armed Forces & Emergency Services Day Parade, June 6, 2015

Arbroath Armed Forces & Emergency Services Day Parade, June 6, 2015

“It is a great honour to be part of a local community event and to see the support the people of Arbroath gave us today,” said Lieutenant Santino Alessandro RM, officer in command of 11 Troop, Zulu Company, 45 Commando.

The rumbling of the Royal British Legion Scotland Branch bikers led the parade down the main stretch of the High Street where the Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne stood on the dias to take the 
salute.

Culminating in Victoria Park the groups stood on parade while the RM Condor Military Wives Choir battled admirably against the elements singing a collection of old war songs and Vera Lynn numbers.

Punctuated by the firing of the Minute Gun and the bugle sounds of the Reveille, a minute’s silence was held.

45 COMMANDO MARC45 Commando Armed Forces Day March - Arbroath''ROYAL Marines from 45 Commando Group are due to march through Arbroath during the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Day Parade on Saturday 6th June 2015.'20 members of Zulu Company, 45 Commando will march through Arbroath's town centre on Saturday, accompanied by veterans, cadets and Emergency Services personnel, as part of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Day Parade.  '45 Commando assumed the role of Lead Commando Unit on 1st May 2015, which means that they are the UK's response to any military or humanitarian crisis, maintained at high-readiness to deploy anywhere in the world.  Members of the Unit are currently embarked on HMS Bulwark involved in the migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean.'The parade is due to start at 1.30pm from Arbroath Abbey and will march through the town along High Street towards Victoria Park where the RM Condor Military Wives Choir will be performing after the parade.'Lieutenant Santino Alessandro Royal

45 COMMANDO MARC45 Commando Armed Forces Day March - Arbroath''ROYAL Marines from 45 Commando Group are due to march through Arbroath during the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Day Parade on Saturday 6th June 2015.'20 members of Zulu Company, 45 Commando will march through Arbroath's town centre on Saturday, accompanied by veterans, cadets and Emergency Services personnel, as part of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Day Parade. '45 Commando assumed the role of Lead Commando Unit on 1st May 2015, which means that they are the UK's response to any military or humanitarian crisis, maintained at high-readiness to deploy anywhere in the world. Members of the Unit are currently embarked on HMS Bulwark involved in the migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean.'The parade is due to start at 1.30pm from Arbroath Abbey and will march through the town along High Street towards Victoria Park where the RM Condor Military Wives Choir will be performing after the parade.'Lieutenant Santino Alessandro Royal

The wind sadly put paid to some of the stalls but did not stop the gutsy pilot of the Pitts Special S2-A biplane who delighted the crowds with a thrilling aerial display to finish the day.

For video from the day visit us online at www.arbroathherald.co.uk