Barry Celebrates Armed Forces Day


Published 09 June 2014


On Monday 23 June 2014, RAF Personnel from MOD St Athan will parade through Barry to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week and to commemorate 75 years of the Royal Air Force in South Wales.


The parade will commence at 10.30 am from King’s Square and proceed through the town, to the Civic Offices, Holton Road, where they will take the salute.


Newly-appointed Mayor of The Vale of Glamorgan, Cllr Howard Hamilton, will join representatives from MOD St. Athan, including  Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Robert Balls for a short ceremony at which the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised.


The RAF based at St Athan have a long association with Barry and were granted the freedom of the town in May 1959 and more recently, they were made Honorary Freemen of the Vale of Glamorgan in 1974.


The RAF at St Athan are commemorating 75 years of Service in South Wales and during those years, on leaving the Service, many have made the Vale of Glamorgan their home. This will be an opportunity for the Service and civilian communities to join together to celebrate their continuing association.


Vale residents are being encouraged to line the street to show their support.