In what has become a popular annual celebration, communities up and down the country will come together on Saturday 24 June to show their support and learn more about the work of the armed forces.
Cathedral Square will be the main setting for Peterborough’s celebrations which will be launched by Mayor Councillor John Fox and a representative of the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire at 10.00am.
There’s something for everyone in the day’s programme which includes a parade, music by military and pipe bands, a display of military vehicles, stalls, performances, a climbing wall, a tea dance at St John’s Church (next to the Guildhall), participation from local cadets, serving personnel, veterans, community groups, charities and schools and – weather permitting – a flypast.
Councillor John Fox, who is also the council’s armed forces champion, said: “With a host of activities planned Armed Forces Day promises to be fantastic for all the family.
“Our armed forces perform a vital job worldwide, and not just in conflict. Peacekeeping, humanitarian relief, search and rescue are just some of the other roles they play. It’s important to show our respect and appreciation, so I’m looking forward to as many people as possible joining me to learn more about their work.”
In addition to the main day, a number of other events will take place beforehand including a ceremony to mark the 35th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War on Wednesday 14 June. A procession will head from the Town Hall to the War Memorial at 10.30am and the Falklands Islands Flag will be raised.
The official launch of Armed Forces Day celebrations is on Monday 19 June when the Flag will be raised at the Town Hall. A civic procession will head to the War Memorial at 10am for a service and prayers with service personnel and veterans.
Friday 16 June sees The City of Peterborough Concert Band plus female vocalists Sing out Sisters hosting a song and dance concert at 7pm at The Parkway PSL Club, Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 3HA. Tickets are £5 and available from email@example.com. All proceeds from ticket sales (which include a buffet) will be used towards next year’s celebrations.
Councillor Gavin Elsey, Chairman of the city council’s Armed Forces Committee, said: “Armed Forces Day is traditionally a colourful and vibrant celebration in our city and this year will be no exception. I’m looking forward to celebrating the role of the armed forces with the hundreds of people who turn out to pay their respects.”
The Armed Forces Day events on Saturday 24th will run between 10.00am and 5pm on Cathedral Square and Bridge Street.
For more information on any of the activities listed, contact Elaine Danaher on 07821 806783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile members of the public are being invited to join Corby Borough Council at 9.30am on Monday 19th June outside the Corby Cube to help proudly raise the Armed Forces Flag in support of national Armed Forces Week.
The flag raising ceremony will be led by the Mayor of Corby, Cllr Matt Keane, in James Ashworth VC Square, named after local serviceman and hero, Lance Corporal James Ashworth VC, who tragically lost his life in battle in 2012.
As millions of people across the country come together to mark Armed Forces Week, the Mayor of Corby is hoping that residents in Corby will join him in showing the Borough’s support of all servicemen and woman who have fought for our country in the past and present.
The Royal British Legion Corby will also be hosting several events over Armed Forces Week including:
23rd June – Race night at the Ex Servicemans Club, first race starts at 8pm
24th June – Forces day in Corby Town Centre. There will be a march at 1pm from James Ashworth VC Square to outside Primark where a small service will be held. There will also be stalls, crafts and lots for children, military vehicle display, dancers and much more.
25th June – Forces parade and service at St John the Baptist Church, 11am. Teas and coffees will be provided in the church hall following the service.
For more information about the Royal British Legion events in Corby please contact Gareth Price on 07802 861 592 or check out their Facebook page, search for Royal British Legion – Corby Branch.
The Mayor of Corby, Cllr Matt Keane, said:
‘Corby has always shown a great amount of support for our Armed Forces, who bravely put their lives on the line for all of us. Joining together to raise the flag is a small way in which we can show that we appreciate all that they do for our country and hopefully provides comfort and support to our troops and their families.’