Armed Forces Day 2016

In Forbury Gardens was the annual Armed Forces day event. There were activities on and around the bandstand with WWII singing from local groups and the Waterloo Band of Bugles of the Rifles played a selection of popular music.
There were a few stalls selling memorabilia and I was able to purchase two “100 year battle of the Somme” badges from the Royal British Legion, and a badge with two crossed machetes below a crown from the Gurkhas.
I was privileged to meet Charley who was a veteran of WW2 having served as a Naval Airman on the aircraft carrier HMS Emperor throughout the war. He was involved in action against the German battleship Tirpitz, providing air support for the D-Day landings and other operations in the Mediterranean. The Emperor was then sent to Singapore where he saw action against the Japanese before the surrender in 1945.
Parking for events in Forbury Gardens is difficult but you can park at the Oracle and walk through town. There is a stepped entrance as you approach the gardens but you can get flat access by going to the next gate. Admission was free.