Armed Forces Day has now become a firm date on the calendar for towns and cities up and down the country.
Here in Blackpool both veterans and serving military personnel are celebrated for a whole week with a wide range of activities targeted at them and their families as well as the many thousands of people visiting the resort.
Blackpool Armed Forces Week
25 June – 1 July 2018
Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week is back with an stellar line-up of events and entertainment to honour the nation’s military personnel.
The annual celebration has been running in Blackpool since 2006 and has become a permanent fixture in the resort’s events calendar.
Photo: Warren Fletcher
Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes.
From 25 June to 1 July the resort unites in welcoming serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a wide range of activities targeted at them and their families as well as the many thousands of people visiting the resort.
Armed Forces Day
In partnership with Blackpool BID, Armed Forces Day will see a full day of entertainment across the town centre and promenade.
Enjoy live musical performances from the Irish Guard Singers, Land Girls and the Band & Corps of Drums of the Royal Regiment Fusiliers (Lancashire).
With opportunities to learn about life in the trenches, an exhibition for the Great War heritage project, talks from a local historian and much more.
Following the Armed Forces Day celebrations, the week ends with the Sunday morning Cenotaph service and parade.
Assemble from 10:30am at the Cenotaph on Blackpool North Promenade (near the Town Hall/North Pier) for the service at 11:00am, and the parade which will begin at approx 11:30am
As is now a traditional event, the Cenotaph Service will be followed at approx 12 noon by the Blackpool Taxi Pull, an annual event celebrating 10 years, which sees local cabbies show off their strength to raise money for Armed Forces charities and finally the Submariners Sizzling BBQ at the Guards Club.
The public will once again turn out in their droves for the parade and show their support for our brave soldiers and military personnel both past and present.
Find out More
The full programme for Armed Forces Week, and more details about individual events, is available at www.armedforcesweek.co.uk