A week to honour our forces

Standard bearers outside the town hall during last year's Armed Forces week.
Standard bearers outside the town hall during last year's Armed Forces week.
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Preparations for Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week are in full swing.

A special Armed Forces Day event at Stanley Park on Saturday, June 28, will end a week-long celebration featuring music, a First World War at Home roadshow, an afternoon tea dance and a gala dinner.

It will be followed by a Sunday morning service and parade at the Cenotaph.

Blackpool Council’s Armed Forces champion, Coun Chris Ryan, said: “We’re delighted to have finalised a programme which could be the best we’ve ever had for Armed Forces Week.

“2014 is such an important year in our history as we commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and 70 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy.

“What we want this year’s Armed Forces Week to do is help us remember and honour those who we have lost and commemorate their bravery and valour but also ensure that we can celebrate the best of the Armed Forces, the freedom they allow us and, of course, the very best of Blackpool.”

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, added: “Armed Forces Week has a fantastic programme this year and it’s incredibly exciting to have it coming to Stanley Park.

“People are asking me about it all the time and it has really got people talking.

“I would urge people to come out, enjoy themselves, pay their respects to our forces heroes and see the best that they, and Blackpool, has to offer.”

For more information about Blackpool Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesweek.co.uk