SLIDESHOW: Town shows support for armed forces

People flocked to a sunny Arbroath town centre on Saturday to show their support for our armed forces, cadets and veterans.

The inaugural armed forces parade set off from Arbroath Abbey at 1.30 p.m. in glorious sunshine making its way down the High Street to 
Victoria Park.

It was led by motorcycles from the Royal British Legion Scotland and the pipe band.

Also taking part were serving members of 45 Commando along with Royal Marine veterans, Sea Cadets and the Observer Corp.

The park was also a hive of activity as the armed forces and emergency services set up stalls so members of the public could find out about what they do.

Eventually the parade made its way to the park where a drumhead service was 
conducted before the crowds were treated to an aerial 
display by a Pitts Special biplane.

Lindsey Watson, chairperson of Arbroath and Area Partnership, was delighted with the parade and extended thanks to the stewards 
from the Round Tabe, Jim from Abbey Music for the sound system, the Pende 
Cafe for supplying power, and Angus Council for all their help.

Also thanked were the Rev John Cuthbert for leading the drumhead service and Gleadhraich for providing a musical performance.

Lindsey said: “This year’s parade was a very successful event and a big well done to all who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort.

“Members of the parade committee will now take a deep breath and hope everyone can join us for next year’s event.”

The parade follows on from the success of a parade event last year, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Red Lichtie Spitfire.

And with a great turnout this year, it is hoped the parade will become an annual event.