Forces Week legacy for Jim

Mike Chadwick and Gary Bell, from the Armed Forces Week steering group committee and (below) the late Jim Houldsworth.
Mike Chadwick and Gary Bell, from the Armed Forces Week steering group committee and (below) the late Jim Houldsworth.
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THE legacy of Armed Forces Week, left by a well-known councillor and veteran campaigner, will live on.

That’s the promise from Blackpool Armed Forces Week steering group committee, working to make this year’s celebrations as memorable as ever.

The late Jim Houldsworth

The late Jim Houldsworth

The annual event, developed by former councillor Jim Houldsworth, who died earlier this year, will be held between June 23 and July 1 to commemorate the work of servicemen and veterans.

Mike Chadwick, member of the steering group, said: “I was with Jim working on this from the very beginning, we promised we would keep it going.

“The show goes on. Everyone loved Jim and is doing it for him – it’s his legacy.”

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Many towns across the country mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 30 – but Blackpool goes further by hosting a range of events throughout the week including a tea dance, gala dinner, Spitfire fly past and service at the war memorial.

Thousands of servicemen and veterans are expected to gather in the resort for the week, organised by Marketing Blackpool and Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee with support from others.

Gary Bell, chairman of the steering group, said: “This is a celebration to pay thanks to our forces and veterans.”

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “We are delighted Blackpool is hosting a full week of activities to celebrate the incredible work of all our armed forces.

“It is particularly poignant for Blackpool this year to continue the legacy of the late Jim Houldsworth. Jim worked tirelessly to ensure veterans and serving military personnel are remembered and celebrated for all they do. This is a real family event with something for everyone to enjoy.”

For details, call (01253) 478222.

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