Hythe celebrated the tenth annual Armed Forces Day in the blazing sunshine on July 14 2018, honouring the exceptional work and dedication of servicemen and women deployed in the UK and elsewhere. A parade of veterans and councillors and the band of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment formed up outside the town hall where town mayor Paul Peacock and mayoress Wendy Peacock greeted them. Cllr Dudley Shipton lead a short service dedicated to the armed forces community for the outstanding work they do. Lt Col Mike Umbers and Major Dennis Bradley spoke of the comradeship and bravery among troops doing peace-keeping work around the world.
Sailors, soldiers, airmen and women, both regulars and reservists were recognised alongside the wider defence family such as cadets and veterans past and present. Residents and visitors to Hythe stopped to listen to the service and join in. Following the service, there was a reception for members of the armed services in the council chamber.