THOUSANDS gathered in Wrexham this weekend to pay tribute to the work of the armed forces.
North Wales Armed Forces Day has been described as a “credit to Wrexham and to the whole of North Wales”.
The sun-kissed event on Saturday saw well-wishers line the streets as the parade ran from Hightown Barracks to the town centre, led by the Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh and the goat mascot, ‘Billy’ Windsor II.
Then the army and RAF Corps of Drums proudly marched onto Llwyn Isaf to mark the start of the formalities. All three cadet services and veterans were also involved.
After the parade the British and Welsh anthems were played and two RAF hawks performed a fly-past.
Cllr David Griffiths, Wrexham Council’s Armed Forces Champion, hailed the success of the day.
“The event was brilliant,” he said.
“The feedback I had from people was them telling me how much they enjoyed the day.”
He added: “Twelve months of work went into this event – everyone should congratulate themselves for their hard work.
“It was a credit to Wrexham and to North Wales.”
Veteran Pins were presented and the Armed Forces Day flag was formally handed over to next year’s event host, Conwy Council.
The formalities were then followed by an afternoon of entertainment on Llwyn Isaf and Queen’s Square.
The crowds were treated to circus acts from Circus Malabaristas, including jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon modellers, giant games and a circus workshop.
Children enjoyed face painting, while musical entertainment was provided by the Rhos Male Voice Choir and the County Youth Band, who also played during the afternoon.
An RAF Griffin helicopter was flown in and a Spitfire also flew over later in the day.
There was a military village including vehicles and a climbing wall and youngsters got the chance to meet soldiers and other servicemen and women.