On Saturday (30 June 2018) we went to our first Armed Forces Day hosted by Medway Council and Brompton Barracks (Royal Engineers)
As it was exceptionally hot I wilted very quickly but it was a good day nonetheless. It stated with a drumhead service attended by local troops and cadets plus a contingent of veterans. It always amazes me that the veterans, some of whom looked to be from the early post war period, manged to keep in step and then stand for 45 mins in the blazing midday sun.
My wife has always like military bands from when she was a kid living near Milton Barracks, so she was pleased to see the Royal Engineers Band playing, which included about half a dozen guests from the Parachute Regiment. Sadly this was their last public engagement whilst based at Chatham as they will soon be moved elsewhere.
Apart from the general attractions and fairground rides one of the highlights was a display by the 42nd Highland Infantry reenactors whose display of musketry from 1815 was a lot louder than I expected.
Aviation contents was supplied by three static Gazelle helicopters of the Royal Navy.They later flew over my daughter's flat which is on the site of the Short Brothers Factory at Rochester overlooking the Medway, or the Med' as some now call it.