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Armed forces day ceremony at Wharf Green

Armed forces day ceremony at Wharf Green

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NEGOTIATIONS are still ongoing over the future of Swindon Armed Forces Day after its organiser Mike Buss stepped down following his arrest on suspicion of defrauding charity Help for Heroes.

Former soldier, Buss, 39, of Highworth, is on bail while Wiltshire Police continue their investigations.

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland is discussing the prospect of the event joining forces with the Old Town Festival’s Family Day, taking place at The Lawn on Saturday, June 28, which is the date of Armed Forces Day.

Mr Buckland met with groups from the town who are interested in being part of the celebrations last Thursday.

He said: “The meeting was very useful, we’ve found that the Old Town Festival’s Family Day will probably have room for us and we are determined to ensure that Swindon has something to be proud of marking Armed Forces Day.

“It is still early days and I’ll know more in the next few days, but I’m fairly optimistic that we will be part of the Old Town Festival event.”

Orginally, Buss was planning on holding a golf day, beauty pageant and sponsored abseil with funds being split between Royal British Legion, The Rifles Care for Casualties and Brews And Wets.

All these events have been cancelled after Buss’ friends Lewis Barrett and Helen Wright took on his responsibilities last week.

Yesterday, a black tie dinner, due to be held at Blunsdon House Hotel, was cancelled. The future of Buss’ main event, a fun day scheduled to take place at Faringdon Road Park, on June 28, remains unclear as the Adver has been unable to contact Mr Barrett or Ms Wright.

Mr Buckland isn’t aware of whether the Farindon Road Park event will go ahead and is pressing forward with ensuring that there is some Armed Forces Day celebrations at the Old Town Festival.

Mr Buckland said: “I cannot really comment with regards to the events that Mike Buss and his associates have planned.

“It is really up to them how they wish to play it but I’m doing what I can as I don’t want to see a complete gap of Armed Forces Day events in Swindon as the town deserves better than that.”

Events will take place between June 27 and July 5 as part of the Old Town Festival.

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7:01am Tue 20 May 14

blahblahblahblah says...

Mike buss is playing a good game of where's Wal(ter)ly. We need to prevent his involvement in this event entirely so that Armed forces day can go back to being about remembering and thanking those that have served. I hope Mr Buss gets the help he quite clearly needs as the level of lies he has been accused of if true are staggering. allegedly there was no car bomb blast, he did not do 10 years service, had no special forces or para regiment training, was not a corporal but a rifleman and not even a qualified PTI.
Mike buss is playing a good game of where's Wal(ter)ly. We need to prevent his involvement in this event entirely so that Armed forces day can go back to being about remembering and thanking those that have served. I hope Mr Buss gets the help he quite clearly needs as the level of lies he has been accused of if true are staggering. allegedly there was no car bomb blast, he did not do 10 years service, had no special forces or para regiment training, was not a corporal but a rifleman and not even a qualified PTI. blahblahblahblah
  • Score: 12

8:39am Tue 20 May 14

Chowmai says...

Armed forces day is about giving respect and support for our forces; showing how proud we are of them.
Sadly Mike Buss's initial involvement meant that a lot of our uniformed and ex uniformed friends made a conscious decision to be in any other town than Swindon on 28th June.
One great quote was "He’s got more fairy tales than the Grimm brothers if you think I'm attending Mike the mad hatter Buss's tea party you can think again, I will be visiting my Aunt for the whole of that weekend"
Combing the two events is an excellent idea and I look forward to attending.
Armed forces day is about giving respect and support for our forces; showing how proud we are of them. Sadly Mike Buss's initial involvement meant that a lot of our uniformed and ex uniformed friends made a conscious decision to be in any other town than Swindon on 28th June. One great quote was "He’s got more fairy tales than the Grimm brothers if you think I'm attending Mike the mad hatter Buss's tea party you can think again, I will be visiting my Aunt for the whole of that weekend" Combing the two events is an excellent idea and I look forward to attending. Chowmai
  • Score: 9

9:31am Tue 20 May 14

tweedy71 says...

well, I for one will be attending wherever it is, give this guy a break. So what if he may or may not of taken from the charity, he is organising it, perks of the job!

I would like to know though what Mike will be sporting this year? I heard he is attending in RAF uniform. or navy seal, Anyone have clarification on this?
well, I for one will be attending wherever it is, give this guy a break. So what if he may or may not of taken from the charity, he is organising it, perks of the job! I would like to know though what Mike will be sporting this year? I heard he is attending in RAF uniform. or navy seal, Anyone have clarification on this? tweedy71
  • Score: -3

2:59pm Tue 20 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

tweedy71 wrote:
well, I for one will be attending wherever it is, give this guy a break. So what if he may or may not of taken from the charity, he is organising it, perks of the job!

I would like to know though what Mike will be sporting this year? I heard he is attending in RAF uniform. or navy seal, Anyone have clarification on this?
So it's ok to lie and steal from a Charity?
Wow.
If guilty of the charges then I hope justice is served.
[quote][p][bold]tweedy71[/bold] wrote: well, I for one will be attending wherever it is, give this guy a break. So what if he may or may not of taken from the charity, he is organising it, perks of the job! I would like to know though what Mike will be sporting this year? I heard he is attending in RAF uniform. or navy seal, Anyone have clarification on this?[/p][/quote]So it's ok to lie and steal from a Charity? Wow. If guilty of the charges then I hope justice is served. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 4

3:11pm Tue 20 May 14

house on the hill says...

tweedy71 wrote:
well, I for one will be attending wherever it is, give this guy a break. So what if he may or may not of taken from the charity, he is organising it, perks of the job!

I would like to know though what Mike will be sporting this year? I heard he is attending in RAF uniform. or navy seal, Anyone have clarification on this?
Idiot!
[quote][p][bold]tweedy71[/bold] wrote: well, I for one will be attending wherever it is, give this guy a break. So what if he may or may not of taken from the charity, he is organising it, perks of the job! I would like to know though what Mike will be sporting this year? I heard he is attending in RAF uniform. or navy seal, Anyone have clarification on this?[/p][/quote]Idiot! house on the hill
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Tue 20 May 14

tweedy71 says...

Seems my sarcasm wasn't appreciated (slap on the wrist) perhaps now wasn't the time as emotions are running high and people want to see this guy,if guilty, hung drawn and quartered.

of course its not ok to steal from a charity.
Seems my sarcasm wasn't appreciated (slap on the wrist) perhaps now wasn't the time as emotions are running high and people want to see this guy,if guilty, hung drawn and quartered. of course its not ok to steal from a charity. tweedy71
  • Score: 9

12:12pm Wed 21 May 14

Amberflame says...

tweedy71 wrote:
Seems my sarcasm wasn't appreciated (slap on the wrist) perhaps now wasn't the time as emotions are running high and people want to see this guy,if guilty, hung drawn and quartered.

of course its not ok to steal from a charity.
I got it! Glad you clarified that though as having read the other comments after, I thought I may have been wrong and you were in fact an idiot as others had suggested!!
[quote][p][bold]tweedy71[/bold] wrote: Seems my sarcasm wasn't appreciated (slap on the wrist) perhaps now wasn't the time as emotions are running high and people want to see this guy,if guilty, hung drawn and quartered. of course its not ok to steal from a charity.[/p][/quote]I got it! Glad you clarified that though as having read the other comments after, I thought I may have been wrong and you were in fact an idiot as others had suggested!! Amberflame
  • Score: 2

10:17pm Wed 21 May 14

Sausage259 says...

Maybe someone should use some common sense and see how Mr Buckland has manipulated the whole situation to his own ends in order to secure some votes...

Yawn
Maybe someone should use some common sense and see how Mr Buckland has manipulated the whole situation to his own ends in order to secure some votes... Yawn Sausage259
  • Score: -2

11:25am Thu 22 May 14

tweedy71 says...

Sausage259 wrote:
Maybe someone should use some common sense and see how Mr Buckland has manipulated the whole situation to his own ends in order to secure some votes...

Yawn
Mr Buckland got mike buss to steal from H4H and to lie about his army career for 15 or so years in order to get todays vote?? WOW thats some clever work there. thats what you call dedication and i thought my sarcastic comments were silly
[quote][p][bold]Sausage259[/bold] wrote: Maybe someone should use some common sense and see how Mr Buckland has manipulated the whole situation to his own ends in order to secure some votes... Yawn[/p][/quote]Mr Buckland got mike buss to steal from H4H and to lie about his army career for 15 or so years in order to get todays vote?? WOW thats some clever work there. thats what you call dedication and i thought my sarcastic comments were silly tweedy71
  • Score: 1

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