Brian Wills-Pope, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant with Brixham Battery volunteers Gordon Ward and Norman Abbot

Armed Forces Day makes triumphant return to Babbacombe Downs

Torbay Weekly

On Saturday, Torbay paid tribute to its British Armed Forces community, as the Torbay Armed Forces Day returns to Babbacombe Downs in Torquay for the first time since 2019.

The event started with a parade leaving the Model Village car park at 11am. The parade travelled along Higher Downs Road, then on to Babbacombe Downs Road.

Babbacombe Downs was packed with activities throughout the day and entertainment supporting various military charities, including military displays, music, plus food and drink stalls.

Brian Wills-Pope, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant
Brian Wills-Pope, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant

Organised by the Veterans of Torbay (Torbay Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club), Armed Forces Day was a wonderful occasion, despite the indifferent weather, as visitors showed their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, and cadets.

In support of the Armed Forces Day events, Torbay Council raised the Armed Forces Day Flag at Torquay Town Hall on Friday, where it will remain in place until after national Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June. In addition, the festoon lighting along Torquay and Paignton’s seafronts has turned red, white, and blue from last weekend until this weekend.

Cllr Nicole Amil, Armed Forces Member Champion for Torbay Council, said; “It’s wonderful that we could bring our local Armed Forces Day event back to Babbacombe Downs, after having to celebrate our Armed Forces community virtually for the last couple of years.

The local Royal British Legion at the Armed Forces Parade
The local Royal British Legion at the Armed Forces Parade

“Armed Forces Day provides a much-valued morale boost for the people working around the world promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security, and fighting terrorism.

“I would like to say a personal thank-you to our Armed Forces after what has been an incredibly challenging couple of years, and thanks to everyone who popped along to Babbacombe Downs on Saturday to show support.”

Torbay Council are committed to supporting our Armed Forces families and veterans. Find out how to get support if you’re a serving or formed Armed Forces member, reservist or family member by visiting the Armed forces and veterans page of the council’s website:

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