Lots of fire power for army open day

Soldiers at the Territorial Army Centre on Parkinson Way showed off some of their weaponry during a public open evening on Tuesday.

Soldiers at the Territorial Army Centre on Parkinson Way showed off some of their weaponry during a public open evening on Tuesday.

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The Territorial Army in Blackpool certainly brought out the big guns for its latest recruitment drive.

An open day at the TA Centre, on Parkinson Way, South Shore, saw around 40 people turn up to get a glimpse into life in the Armed Forces.

Soldiers at the Territorial Army Centre on Parkinson Way showed off some of their weaponry during a public open evening on Tuesday.

Soldiers at the Territorial Army Centre on Parkinson Way showed off some of their weaponry during a public open evening on Tuesday.

The centre opened its doors for two hours on Tuesday evening for people to take a look around.

Members of the public got to take a look at some of the weaponry used by soldiers, who were on hand to show off the high-powered equipment.

Among the items on display were heavy machine guns, sniper rifles, foreign weapons and even mortar.

Lance Corporal Toby Townsend said: “It certainly generated quite a bit of interest.

“We showed a presentation which got some people interested and we have some coming back soon to sign up.”

The centre does not regularly open its doors to the public but the TA is currently in the middle of a large recruitment drive.

Lance Corp Townsend said holding an open day in Blackpool seemed like a good way of getting more people involved.

He said the event was highly successful in terms of boosting participation but insisted recruitment was not the only aim of the night.

He added: “There have been other events just like it around the country.

“It gives the public a chance to come and have a look for themselves and actually speak to some of the people in uniform instead of just seeing it on their TV screen.”

The British Army is made up of regulars who work full time and territorials who serve in their spare time.

Men and women who sign up for the TA work as soldiers in their spare time and get Army pay for the time they put in.

They train at TA Centres across the UK and often go away on exercises in the UK and overseas to develop their skills.

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