Woking shows military pride on Armed Forces Day

THE borough of Woking proved once again why it is ranked so highly when it comes to honouring those who have paid the ultimate price for modern day freedoms.

Jubilee Square was again the scene for an immaculately observed Armed Forces Day parade and service on Saturday – poignantly just two days after the country went to the polls to exercise the rights forged on battlefields in years gone by.

Rev Richard Hay of St Paul’s Church in Oriental Road led the prayers, but only after a parade of military personnel past and present had weaved from The Railway Club in Goldsworth Road through Commercial Way.

Veteran Eric Rice was drafted in to read the Prayer of the Armed Forces, while standards carried by representatives of the Royal Airforce, Army and Navy were all lowered in a mark of respect to those who have fallen serving their country in combat.

Of course, Woking’s strong connection with the Gurkhas and Armed Forces Muslim Association ensured people of all backgrounds were honoured in the service.

The Bisley Almac Band – whose Helen Maguire played The Last Post – were also in attendance to lead the hymns, as were the Surrey Army Cadet Corps of Drums who provided the marching beat.

The ceremony was followed by a march past, with Mayor Anne Murray, who read aloud the Prayer of Remembrance, taking the salute.

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