Over 8,000 people of all ages attended Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Armed Forces Day event at the weekend, a huge show of support for the men and women who have served, or are serving, in the Armed Forces.

Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd formed a stunning backdrop for the event that began with a parade and service including a Raising of the Flag ceremony on Saturday, June 22.

Representatives of the Armed Forces Communities, as well as dignitaries from Rhondda Cynon Taf and its neighbouring authorities joined by members of the public were in attendance

Following the official services, a family fun day began, which included an obstacle course and climbing wall, fun fair, the option to climb on board a real tank, as well as live entertainment from Lee Gilbert and the DB Big Band with Clare Hingott for those who fancied a sing-a-long or dance.
The park was also filled with a huge range of information stalls from the many organisations that offer support and information for serving, retired and prospective Armed Forces personnel and their families.

Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion. She said: “Armed Forces Day is a way for us to come together as a community to show our support and appreciation for the men and women who do so much for us all.

“We work hard to create an event that is a fitting show of support, something that appeals to all members of a family and all ages of guests. This allows us, as a council, to bring all members of our communities together for a strong show of support.

“To welcome 8,000 people, from babies to pensioners, into our lovely Ynysangharad War Memorial Park certainly is a massive sign of the support our Armed Forces Community has and we thank each and every one of them.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was one of the first local authorities in Wales to sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant, which sets out the support it offers to serving and retired Armed Forces personnel.

The authority has also recently launched its Veterans’ Advice Service, a one-stop-shop in which you can access information on health, funding matters such as the Community Covenant Grant, accessing education, housing, support for families and children and more.

Find out more about our support and services for our Armed Forces Communities here

Immediately before the Armed Forces Day event in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Cllr Webber was guest of honour at a service to rededicate the final resting place of Pontypridd war hero Francis Kitto – find out more here.

Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2019

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