Young students use their artistic skills to fly the flag for Armed Forces Day

Published Wednesday, 15th June 2016
Armed forces day winners
The winning pictures by Ellie Wilding (top) and Sydney Middleton.

Two Kimberworth schoolchildren have put their creative skills to good use to promote Rotherham's celebration of this year's Armed Forces Day.

Schoolgirls Ellie Wilding and Sydney Middleton – both Class 10 pupils at St Bede's Catholic Primary – are the talented winners of a borough-wide schools competition to design a poster to publicise the event, which will take place next Saturday (June 25) in the town centre.

Their talent is now on display in and around the town, encouraging people to attend the annual event, which is an opportunity for Rotherham people to show their appreciation and support for the men and women of the Armed Forces – both serving and veterans – their families and carers.

Led by Rotherham Council, a wide range of organisations – including the Military Community and Veterans Centre (MCVC), voluntary groups and South Yorkshire Police - have worked together in partnership to deliver the event, which provides an opportunity for people of all ages, from all faiths and walks of life, to come together and celebrate locally this national occasion.

Highlights of the day – which runs from 10am to 4pm in and around All Saints Square – will include the Yorkshire Regiment exercising their right as Freemen of the Borough to parade through the town, and a dramatic Hurricane flypast later in the day, weather permitting.

A short service will follow an inspection of the troops by the Mayor, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley, and the official national Armed Forces Flag will be raised.

Street entertainment will be provided, with merchandise on sale, information and display stalls along Effingham Street.

Local community groups and retailers who are supporting the event include the Rotherham Together Partnership; Wickersley Women's Institute; Patterson Butchers; Scott Greengrocery, Hopwells and national retailers Tesco, Morrison and Greggs.

Free parking will be provided by the Council in its official off-street car park, to encourage visitors to the event and promote the opportunities for shopping and leisure in the town centre during the day.

Said the Mayor, "This is a great opportunity for Rotherham people of all cultures and faiths to get together and celebrate all that unites us.

"We are tremendously proud to have the Yorkshire Regiment with us in Rotherham on this very special day, along with so many other members of our Armed Forces, past and present. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for all that they do while on active service, and for their contribution when they return to civilian life here in Rotherham."