Isle of Man pays tribute on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day parade on Douglas promenades

Armed Forces Day parade on Douglas promenades

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Douglas promenade became a sea of colour on Sunday as the island paid tribute to members of the armed forces.

Serving men and women joined veterans in a march along Douglas’s promenades as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Armed Forces Day parade on Douglas promenades

Armed Forces Day parade on Douglas promenades

As holders of the Freedom of Douglas the British Army has the right to march through the town with ‘flags flying and bayonets fixed’.

With his sword glinting in the summer sunshine, Captain David Moffitt of the Royal Artillery became the first person to exercise that right during an Armed Forces Day parade. He led the participants in a salute to President of Tynwald, Clare Christian MLC.

For the first time, members of the newly-formed Manx Reserves took part in the parade alongside represenatives from schools and cadet forces.

One of the highlights of the parade was a light gun brought over by 103 Regiment of the Royal Artillery. The island has a strong connection with the Regiment, also known as the Lancashire Gunners.

They were commanded on parade by Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey Forbes, the first and at present only female commanding officer of a Royal Artillery Regiment.

Serving personnel returning to the island for the occasion were welcomed into the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall with a standing ovation before a special service of thanksgiving.

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