Bordon — 27 June 2015
Farewell to the Bordon Garrison Festival & Armed Forces Day
After being based in the town for over 100 years, the Army will be leaving Bordon, Hampshire in 2015 to relocate to Lyneham in Wiltshire. The Military are leaving but the housing is staying and Armed Forces families will still be living in the area. It is important, therefore, to recognise the legacy of the Garrison in the town and integrate those remaining.
To mark this milestone in the history of the town, the council is planning a ‘Farewell to the Garrison’ festival on 27 June 2015, which is also the national Armed Forces Day. The aim of the festival is to:
- formally raise the flag for Armed Forces Day with soldiers from 10 Training Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) on parade at the town war memorial
- bestow the freedom of the town on the Corps of the REME. The parade will fix bayonets at the war memorial and march back to camp. General Figures CB CBE, MG REME will accept the freedom scroll in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
- hold a joint military/civilian freedom/farewell fete on Budds Lane sportsfields
The fete will include:
- area events
- military displays
- side shows
- historical information
- food and drink
- a funfair
The event will embrace community and civilian life in the town. It will be brought to a close at approximately 5pm by a ‘beating of the retreat’ ceremony performed by the military band.
Further information will appear on the festival website.