A strong salute to our armed forces in Barking & Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 14:41 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:41 29 June 2015

Army Cadets at Valence House to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Army Cadets at Valence House to celebrate Armed Forces Day


More than 3,000 people flocked to Valence House to show their support for the services on Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

An evacuation bus, brass band and a 1940s style girl group were among the attractions at the Dagenham manor house, as well as veterans from the Royal British Legion and representatives from Help for Heroes.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham council, Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “We are proud of our armed forces in Barking and Dagenham and it was great to see so many show their support on Saturday.

“Our forces do a magnificent job protecting our freedom – they are the pride of the nation.”

Cllr Rodwell also met two former soldiers who are now working for the council – ex-Para Lewis Sheldrake, and former Intelligence Corps Staff Sergeant, Mick McManus.

Lewis said: “It really does mean a lot to service personnel to know the public acknowledge the work the armed forces do, not just in terms of fighting in conflicts but also in their humanitarian role.”

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