Heroes of battle ready for week to remember

Last year's Armed Forces Week service at the Cenotaph.
Last year's Armed Forces Week service at the Cenotaph.
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Veterans and serving fighting men and women are set to join together for Blackpool Armed Forces Week.

Alongside the traditional parades and ceremonies, a number of interesting events will be taking place to involve people across the resort in the commemorations.

Organiser Ron Bell, chairman of the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee, said: “It will bring a huge number of people into the town, both forces and non-forces, so it works on two levels.

“It’s a tremendously positive event for Blackpool which has many benefits in all shapes and sizes, it’s a hugely popular community event.”

As part of the festivities a number of Blackpool schoolchildren will be treated to an authentic 1940s cinema experience, complete with black and white newsreels from the period.

Mr Bell added: “That’s a fantastic event because the kids get to go along and see wartime Pathe news and Laurel and Hardy.

“They still laugh these days as much as they did then.”

Chris Pope, events organiser at Marketing Blackpool, said: “It is always a joy to organise Armed Forces Week because it is Blackpool’s way of saying thank you to the brave men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our country.

“Armed Forces Week is a very important date in Blackpool’s calendar and we look forward to welcoming many thousands of people into the resort over the course of the week.

“This is a great series of events celebrating our heroes and we hope to see both visitors and residents alike taking part in the wide range of activities on offer.

“This is a real family event with something for everyone.”

The following events are taking place during Armed Forces week.

Blackpool Cenotaph Illuminated Tribute

June 24 to June 30 at dusk, Promenade adjacent to North Pier

A sequence of moving and static images, projected onto Blackpool’s Grade II listed War Memorial

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony

24 June 2013 at 10am, Blackpool Town Hall

The Armed Forces Day flag will be returned to Blackpool prior to it being raised above the Town Hall at 10.30am.

Music For Heroes

June 24 at 7.30pm, Blackpool Opera House, Winter Gardens

A musical extravaganza featuring the Band of the King’s Division, The Irish Guard Singers and more

Going to the Flicks

June 25 to June 28 at 10am

Location: Odeon Cinema, Rigby Road

An invite only wartime cinema experience for young children, showing the lives of children in the UK during the Second World War.


June 25 from 11.30am, 35 Market Street

Tunes from 1940s themed singers. Fifty per cent off food and drink for Veteran badge holders and serving forces personnel on production of MOD 90

Afternoon Tea Dance

June 26 from 10am until 5pm, Blackpool Tower Ballroom

World-renowned resident organist Phil Kelsall will play the Mighty Wurlitzer at an Armed Forces themed Afternoon Tea Dance.

Armed Forces Career Information Day

June 27 at 10am until 2pm, Blackpool Town Hall

Representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF will offer careers guidance.

Armed Forces and Veterans Dine Out for Free

June 27, Buccaneer Family Bar, Coral Island, Promenade

Free carvery meal for forces personnel and veterans.

Fylde Memorial Arboretum

June 28 from 11am, Moor Park Avenue

The unveiling of a plaque in honour of Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton, who died in Afghanistan.

Armed Forces Week Gala Dinner

June 28 from 7pm, Norbreck Caste Hotel

Tickets: £18.95, contact venue for details on (01253) 352341.

National Armed Forces Day

June 29, 10am until 4pm

St John’s Square

Music and military vehicles, educational talks and RAF Spitfire flypast plus much more.

Cedar Tavern

June 29, 11am until 11pm, Cedar Square

Free entertainment. Discounted food and drink for Veteran badge holders and serving members on production of MOD 90

Gala Night

June 29, 7.30pm until midnight, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Music and entertainment with performances from the Band of the King’s Division, world-renowned organist Phil Kelsall and the Mike James Orchestra

Sunday Morning Service, New Name Dedication and Parade

June 30, from 10.30am , Blackpool Cenotaph

A service to remember the fallen whose names have been added to the Blackpool Cenotaph. Veterans, cadets and serving military will attend.