Back our forces

Come out and show your support for the Armed Forces in Girvan.

That’s the message from veteran Bobby Sweeney who was disappointed at the lack of events for Armed Forces Day this year in the town.

The 81 year old said: “My plan is to hold a flag raising ceremony at the Stumpy Tower on the Saturday beforehand, then have a day of support for forces, before lowering the flag the week after.

“I had something pinned on the tower this year and I also handed out flags to the shops in the town and the response was marvellous so the support is there.”

Mr Sweeney who served in the Middle East for two and half years in the 50s says the Armed Forces should be recognised on a wider scale.

“The Armed Forces do such a great job for the country and they should be recognised for what they do on a daily basis.”

With the 100th anniversary of World War One happening next year, Mr Sweeney feels that it would be good to get kids involved in the event.

“This day would be for anyone to get involved whether it is local councillors, ministers, and local families but it would be good for the kids to be educated about the events of war.”

Mr Sweeney is being backed in his plan by Girvan and South Carrick Councillor Alec Clark.

“This would be a good chance for people in the town to come out and support our forces and I’m sure the town would turn out. It would also be nice for the Army Cadets and the Air Cadets to show off their uniforms which would give them a bit of a publicity.

“Those locals with relatives serving currently in the forces would welcome a chance to give them recognition.”