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Crowds Flock to Andover Armed Forces Day

The flag raising at the start of the event

The first Andover Armed Forces Day in 2 years saw an estimated over 10,000 visitors to the Vigo Road Recreation Ground yesterday (Sunday 25th June).

The event, organised by Love Andover and Corsair Events, saw some great attractions including an Apache helicopter and a Watchmaker drone as visitors flocked to the town centre park.

Crowds flock to the Andover Armed Forces Awards

Local residents started to arrive early and there was already a good attendance by the time of the flag raising at 10:30am followed by the Royal Artillery Marching Band.

Raising the flag to launch Andover Armed Forces Day

The main arena drew packed crowds as they flocked to see falconry displays from the Hawk Conservancy, Bridge Building by the 22nd Engineers, re-enactments by the Wessex Medieval Alliance and dog trials by Essex Dog Display Team.

Families came to see the many exhibits at the event

Live music lovers didn’t miss out either as the venue rocked out to Funkline, The Mighty Hump, Alex Krupa, Shallow Vera Lynn and the Southern Jacobite Pipe Band.

The Abel Foundation at Andover Armed Forces Day

Test Valley Mayor Carl Borg-Neal was really impressed withe the event. He said, “This is the best event I’ve been to. It’s been a privilege. Half of Andover must be here.

It wasn’t just new technology on display

Love Andover’s David Harber said “It’s been a very busy and very hectic few months but it was great to see the amount of people that came. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the help and support people have given the event.

We are looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Richard Rowles, Mo Sweeney and David Harber
Families were curious to see the exhibits at the event
The Apache Helicopter
Watchkeeper Drone, Andover Armed Forces Day
The Watchkeeper Drone