With less than a month to go, residents in Ringwood should prepare themselves for some loud bangs during Armed Forces Day celebrations on 27th June at Bickerley Green.

This will be the first time the National Celebration will be on the green and will include, fair rides, re-enactors, welfare services, displays, bands, food stalls and military vehicles.

Organiser Mandy Oldfield said ‘we have lots of business stalls and organisations booked in for the day and it promises to be a great day for all ages. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and hope people will turn out to say thank you to our Armed Forces’.

Amongst the displays will be a group from Nothe Fort in Weymouth who will fire muskets and canons and children will get to have a go at WW1 cooking and see a working forge in action. A WW1 recruitment tent will also be on display and the children can fill in forms and find themselves marched around the field by the recruitment sergeant.

Newly elected Mayor of Ringwood Councillor Michael Thierry said ‘this is an important day for the whole country and I am glad we have been able to participate in such a big way and give our thanks to those who have protected us at home or abroad’.

The event was part funded by a £3000 grant from the Ministry of Defence and it is hoped that this will become an annual event in the towns calendar. As part of the remembering the sacrifices made to the country by our Armed Forces Ringwood Town Council has erected a ‘Lantern of Remembrance’ which is lit on the anniversary of a fallen serviceman or woman at the Gateway.

Anyone wanting to get involved in the event or looking for more details should contact Mandy Oldfield on 01425 473883 or contact the town Council through their web site www.ringwood.gov.uk