Armed Forces Week hailed a big success

National Armed Forces Day in Blackpool.  Pictured is Bradley Cooper, from the Battle of Britain Experience.

National Armed Forces Day in Blackpool. Pictured is Bradley Cooper, from the Battle of Britain Experience.

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Organisers have hailed an “exceptional” week which saw thousands of past, present and future servicemen and women descend on Blackpool.

Blackpool Armed Forces Week concluded on Sunday with a Cenotaph service and march along the Promenade, followed by the annual charity taxi pull.

Numerous events took place as part of the week, including discount and free meals and entertainment for veterans and serving forces members, a service of dedication at Fylde Memorial Arboretum, and a day of military bands and vehicles on display in St John’s Square to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Ron Bell, chairman of Fylde Ex-Services Liaison Committee, said: “The week was exceptional from start to finish.

“The turnouts considering the weather were as good as we’d expected.

“I and the rest of the team owe a fantastic vote of thanks to the many people who helped organise and put the events together.”

Ernie Howe chairs the Royal Signals Association in Blackpool, and is a director of the resort-based company supporting Our Brave, which has a shop in Bank Hey Street.

He said: “We had just short of 2,000 people coming into the shop.

“They were saying what a great success it’s been.

“My favourite part of the week was Sunday morning’s march, we all thoroughly enjoyed it.”