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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



23 June 2022

Huge Success for Armed Forces Day hosted by ABCD Council at Banbridge

Around 20,000 people flocked to the Co. Down town of Banbridge over the day on Saturday, everyone enjoyed a day of celebrations which included; A wonderful parade representing those in service as well as Veterans and Cadets, The Red Arrows performed an amazing Flyover to the town, Live Entertainment with something for everyone, from face painting to dancing along with the high energy Red Hot Chilli Pipers.  Displays including the RLC Silver  Stars parachute team,  even a little runaway lad whose Mum rescused him from his minute of fame .  It really was a very special day and even the sun came out to play!

Joint Military Commander Northern Ireland, Brigadier James Senior CBE, applauded the council and local community, saying: “On behalf of all Armed Forces personnel who are fortunate to serve in Northern Ireland, I would like to thank the councillors, the officers and staff of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, and also the community for coming out today and showing their support for our Armed Forces. It was a great honour for us to show you a little of what we do, and to meet so many of the people we are so proud to serve.”

By hosting a prestigious event such as Armed Forces Day, the council has strengthened the borough’s tourism appeal and enhanced its reputation as a culturally rich area offering an unrivalled events calendar.

Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Greenfield remarked:

“It was a great day with a great atmosphere. As a town and borough with strong military connections, I’m delighted that we were able to honour our Armed Forces and veterans for their service and sacrifice during this special Platinum Jubilee year.

We admire all they do to defend our nation, and are full of admiration for the discipline and bravery they demonstrate while serving their country with great distinction at home and overseas.

It’s been a pleasure to work with the Navy, Army 38 Irish Brigade, Royal Air Force and the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for Northern Ireland in bringing this flagship event to Banbridge.”

Attracting a number of high profile guests, the event began with a Drumhead Service at Banbridge War Memorial followed by a parade of 500 service members, veterans, cadets and military bands, led by the mascot Brian Boru  who looked dapper in his piper red uniform.

The event ended on a high with a fantastic Beating Retreat finale by the Band of the Royal Irish Regiment accompanied by the bugles, drums and pipes of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish.

To view an online gallery showcasing how special and memorable the day was, visit and the council’s social media channels.