Blackpool celebrates Armed Forces Week

Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week is back with a programme of events and entertainment to honour the nation’s military personnel of the past, present and future.

Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. Since 2006, we have been celebrating the event annually, and it now forms an integral part of VisitBlackpool’s events calendar.

Blackpool will come together to welcome serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a range of activities designed for them and their families, as well as the many people visiting the resort.

Here are some of the events:

Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony, 24 June

Blackpool Armed Forces Week officially begins with the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag above the Town Hall.

Fylde Memorial Arboretum, 28 June, 11.00am to 12.30pm

As part of Blackpool Armed Forces week, the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee will host a service of dedication at the centre of the Memorial Arboretum's Glade area.

Spitfire Visitor Centre Open Day 29 June, 10.00am to 4.00pm

There will be a range of activities and displays taking place at the Spitfire Visitor Centre to commemorate the vital role that the UK Armed Forces have played in the past, are currently taking part in and their potential roles in the future.

Entry to the Spitfire Visitor Centre: Adults: £10, children 6 to16: £5, 5 and under: Free.

Sunday Morning Service and Parade, 30 June, from 10.30am

Blackpool comes together to honour and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future.

Attending the service will be veteran’s associations, cadets, serving military as well as their friends, families and associates. Everyone is welcome to the service of appreciation that takes place within the grounds of Blackpool’s Grade II listed War Memorial. Following the service, Blackpool invites members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets to join in the military parade and everyone is invited to line the route, to cheer, wave and show their support.

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