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Soldiers salute our resort for support

Armed Forces Week Cenotaph service

Armed Forces Week Cenotaph service

Veterans, serving soldiers and the organisers of a week-long celebration of the Armed Forces all believe the town has received a significant boost from the parades, parties and processions.

A varied range of events for young and old all took place on the Fylde coast as residents and holidaymakers from far and wide travelled to 
Blackpool for Armed Forces Week.

The region’s veterans associations were all in the town for a packed weekend, including a sports day at Stanley Park on Saturday, where soldiers played games against teams from around the town, and a poignant service and 
parade along the Promenade 
on Sunday.

Tim Bowen, manager of Supporting Our Brave charity, on Bank Hey Street, said: “It was very successful.

“The turnout at the 
Cenotaph was excellent, and we couldn’t have asked for more support.

“The support for our troops in Blackpool is superb, and that was shown with the parade on Sunday.

“We look forward to it all year round, and when we get to events they are 
magnificent.”

Warrant Officer Class Two Garry Copland, of 4LANCS The Duke of Lancaster Regiment, sits on the steering committee in charge of the week.

He said: “Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week is going from strength to strength, and to see what we get when the town is not the focus of Armed Forces Day is unbelievable.

“No other town or city would get the support that we in Blackpool get because we do it bigger and better.

“If we are the focal point for the next few years it will be massive.

“It will get bigger and better, which can only be good for the town.”

Liz Clayton, who organises the town’s standard bearers, believes more people were willing to support the week because of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

She added: “It was a great success.

“The gala dinner on Friday was excellent and the parade was wonderful.

“There was lots and lots of things which just added to the whole atmosphere of a brilliant week.

“From start to finish it was excellent, and the weather certainly helped.”

Blackpool’s Royal British Legion Club, on King Street, was just one of the pubs to benefit from a rise in visitors over the weekend.

Committee member Ruby Lewis added: “We had a brilliant time.

“We had the best weekend for ages on the bar.

“We look forward to this every year and always get all services in here.

“We look after them and they always enjoy themselves.”

 

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