Fun for all at Forces Day

SPIRITS were high as hundreds flocked to a weekend of events at Gainsborough’s Richmond Park.

The Forces Day on Sunday 19th June saw a range of fun-packed events designed to raise funds and awareness for the Armed Forces and the Gainsborough branch of the Royal British Legion, who celebrate their 90th anniversary this summer.

The night before, visitors enjoyed a brass concert by Lincolnshire Hospitals Band.

“It was a fantastic weekend,” said Gainsborough Town Council activities officer Holly Parker.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the services and Armed Forces and also to raise the profile of organisations for young people.”

“We had the cadets showing off what they can do with ration and field cooking, camouflage and all sorts. The Scouts were too. It was all about getting children involved.”

She continued: “Everything was free so we had inflatable slides, a bungee trampoline, face painting, and a range of activities.”

“It was to raise money for the Royal British Legion, and we managed to raise £400 from the concert on Saturday and a further £200 on the Sunday, which isn’t too bad.”

Holly said that despite the threat of rain, nothing would dampen the spirits of those involved. She said: “Luckily, the rain stopped as the public arrived and it was literally all sunshine and lollipops!”

“The rain certainly didn’t stop us,” she said.

“On Saturday, the downpour started just as we started to put everything up, so thank you to all of our amazing volunteers.”

Holly added: “Luckily, the rain stopped as the public arrived and it was literally all sunshine and lollipops!”