Thursday, 30 July 2015

Military Commemoration in the Town Square

Keep watching the skies on Sunday afternoon - a Mustang from the Second World War will be flying over Hay as part of the parade in the town square to commemorate the war dead of the twentieth century. This includes the Hay Territorials posted to Aden to fight the Turkish Empire in 1915, right the way through to the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan today. They are also marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan) and VE Day (Victory in Europe) and the end of the Second World War.
Father Richard will lead prayers at two o'clock at the cenotaph, followed by the fly-by, and there will then be a talk by retired Territorial Army Colonel Tim Van Rees from Brecon. Wreaths will also be laid, and the Swansea Pipe Band will be there.
From noon, in the Cheese Market, there will be exhibitions from the Welsh Guards Museum, the Military Vehicle Trust and Hay History Group. A World War One field ambulance will be there, and a World War Two replica hospital in front of the castle.

Alan Nicholls, of the History Group, now has a book out about the First World War as seen through the pages of the Brecon County Times - he's been displaying some of the information he's discovered in the Cheese Market over the last year.
Since the article appeared in the Brecon and Radnor yesterday, saying that the book was available from Broad Street Book Centre, they've sold out! More supplies will be available soon!

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