Groups prepare for armed forces week

Armed Forces week attracts thousands of people to Blackpool each year.

Armed Forces week attracts thousands of people to Blackpool each year.

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Organisations in Blackpool are preparing for the return of Armed forces week.

An annual celebration, Armed Forces week has been a big part of the town’s celebrations since 2006, with the event attracting thousands of people to the seaside resort each year.

Starting on Monday 22 June and running through till 28 June, the focus this year will be on Blackpool Town centre.

Armed forces day is on Sunday 27 June and visitors will be able to take part in a number of activities, including drill training with a real-life Sergeant Major, try out their skills and also test out the military-style climbing wall.

Coun Chris Ryan, Chairman of the Armed Forces Week Committee, said: “This year, Armed Forces Day will focus on Blackpool town centre and promises to be a superb event which will allow visitors to the town centre to take part and appreciate what the week is all about. On top of that we have events, concerts and shows going on throughout the week that will showcase the very best the town and the armed forces have to offer.”

There will be the chance to meet World War Two Navy veterans who will talk about their experiences and get up close and personal with a real-life spit fire. And on the Promenade, a Royal Navy helicopter will be displayed along with a replica Messerschmitt ME109, an RAF Spitfire flypast, a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter air display as well as much more.

To view the full programme and more details about individual events, visit www.armedforcesweek.co.uk.