Armed Forces Day 75th Anniversary 

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June. In 2019, it will take place on Saturday 29 June. The celebrations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country. Hedge End Town raised the Flag outside the 2000 Centre Building to coincide with these days to mark our respect and show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. 

Meet Mick…

Mick has been a caretaker for Hedge End Town Council for over decade now, looking after Turnpike Pavilion with his trusty pooch Sid. But prior to being a valued member of the team at the Council, Mick led a very different life in the Armed Forces. One which many who meet Mick at face value would never know.

Today in aid of Armed Forces Day, we want to explore the life of one man, among the many service men and women who walk among us. We delve into Micks’ story to find out what Armed Forces day means to him, and many of the brave like Mick, who have served this country.

Watch the video below of the full interview with Mick and marketing officer Hannah.

With Special Thanks to Mick for taking part and sharing his story.

Join Us as we show our respect and Salute the Forces with the #SALUTEOURFORCES campaign. Discover more information and support for Armed Forces Day on their website:

To all of our Armed Forces, whether you are Army, Navy or Air Force Past, Present and Future. Thank You.

Mick. W


Whether you are in urgent need of support, are keen to become a member or you want to find out more about how you can support the Legion.

The Royal British Legion pop In Centres can be found along High Street’s across the UK. There is a team which will welcome you, answer your questions as well as provide expert advice and guidance.

Southampton Pop In centre is at the same location as our Dorset and Hampshire Area Office at 104 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DT.

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Arrive by bus: a wide range of buses stop just outside our centre.

Arrive by train: Southampton Central train station is just ten minutes away.

Arrive by car: our nearest car parks are the NCP Portland Terrace Car Park, the West Quay Multi Storey Car Park and the West Quay Podium Car Park.