Castle Point Armed Forces Day
27th June 2009
The first Castle Point Armed Forces Day was held on Canvey Island on the 27th June. The Parade assembled at Furtherwick School in the town centre and commenced at approximately 10.50 am. They were led by the band of the Air Training Corps and masses of people lined the route through the town to the Paddocks where a service was held at the War Memorial. They were clapped all the way, Union Jacks were waved and there was a great feeling of pride (much lacking today) as the parade passed by.
The service at the War Memorial was conducted by Royal Marine Veteran The Revd Dave Pickett, Senior Minister of Thundersley Congregational Church. Children Laura Brennan and Edward Booroff recited the poem ‘Remembering’ written by an unknown Veteran of Dunkirk.
There was then an address by Dr Bob Spink MP who then with the assistance of The Revd David Pickett and The Revd David Tudor presented Veterans Badges.
There were further addresses by The Royal Anglian Regiment, an emotional one from Iraq Veteran Rob Nunn and Chairman of the Canvey Island Town Councillor Nick Harvey.
Following the minutes silence and the National Anthem, Georgia Garrett, a pupil at Castle View School and winner of this years ‘Canvey’s Got Talent’ sang for us.
There was then a Civic Reception in the Paddocks Main hall where refreshments were served. We were entertained by the Thundersley Brass Band and there was an exhibition by The Bay Museum and stalls from other organisations. Plus a short MOD film ‘Recognise A Veteran’.
Castle Point Armed Forces Day 2009 Sponsored & Organised by:
Ministry of Defence
Bob Spink MP
Canvey Island Town Council