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Aldershot Military Festival returns for second year

The open day of Aldershot Military Festival coincided with Armed Forces Day and boasted a host of attractions           

 

Aldershot Garrison was filled with displays, stalls and entertainment for the town's military festival. 

The festival open day, on Saturday June 28 coinciding with Armed Forces Day, was packed with military vehicles, sport matches and exciting displays from the band of the Welsh Guards, primary school choirs and IMPS Motorcycle Display Team.

IMPS are a youth motorcycle display team set up in the Sixties, and some of its members are as young as five.

The rain managed to stay away as families began filling the garrison from 10am, however, a downpour at lunchtime saw many take shelter inside the military tents and vehicles.

 

The Army Show, which has its roots back in the late 19th century, drew large crowds during the 1980s when it was staged at Rushmoor Arena, and was then revised to a more modern format in 2002.

The festival, now in its second year after another relaunch, offered families an insight into military life past and present and this year's event focused on the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Families and friends of servicemen in the armed forces were able to send a message to loved ones overseas through BFPS Radio, a British Forces broadcasting service. Organisers of this year's event said the festival had a great response and there was a lot on offer for young people to get involved in.

There was the chance to find out more about the sports as well as demonstrations and taster sessions, including drills and exercises.

Mostly taking part in either the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre or the Combat Sports Centre, sports on show included hockey, football, rowing, martial arts, basketball, modern pentathlon, judo, fencing, powerlifting, wheelchair racing, boxing, ice hockey, cricket and even gliding.

 

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