Celebrations in Hythe on June 24 2017 marked the ninth annual Armed Forces Day, honouring the exceptional work and dedication of servicemen and women deployed in the UK and elsewhere. A parade of veterans and councillors and a marching band formed up outside the town hall where town mayor Paul Peacock and mayoress Wendy Peacock greeted them. Cllr Dudley Shipton led 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. Many residents and visitors to Hythe stopped to listen to the service and join in, and were not put off by a short shower of rain. Following the service, there was a reception for members of the armed services in Hythe Town Council’s main chamber.