The 773rd Mayor of Poole, Cllr Julie Bagwell, made an immediate impression upon her arrival at this event that was organised by the Society for Poole.
The Civic Party found it hard to make progress along the packed Poole Quay as Mayor Bagwell stopped to chat , pose for photographs and chat to Service women and men and, indeed, one D Day Veteran, Mr Eddie Gaines.
In her speech , she stated how proud she was of her Town of Poole and its contribution , indeed over many centuries , towards armed struggles to keep the world free. None was more poignant than this ‘Pandemic delayed’ 75th (+1 year ) anniversary.
Vintage vehicles and indeed a WWII vintage plane flyover , participants in period uniforms , the Sea Cadets Band and the Poole Town Crier gave the whole event an impact that hasn’t been seen for some years.
Cllr Bagwell said , “In its ‘darkest hour’ , Poole again provided its versatile large port for many cross channel operations in World Ward II , and this event today sees so much from that era where historic Poole and it’s fine Townsfolk again excelled.’
Cllr Bagwell continued , “I am honoured and delighted , as Mayor of Poole , to see this event supports the Royal British Legion , Royal Navy Association and the RAF Association.” The Mayor of Poole then returned to meeting and greeting many of the residents and visitors there that day.