Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2017

Here in Blackpool both veterans and serving military personnel are celebrated for a whole week with a wide range of activities targeted at them and their families as well as the many thousands of people visiting the resort.

Blackpool Armed Forces Week 19-25 June 2017

Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week is back with an stellar line-up of events and entertainment to honour the nation’s military personnel.
The annual celebration has been running in Blackpool since 2006 and has become a permanent fixture in the resort’s events calendar.
Blackpool Armed Forces Day - Photo: Warren Fletcher
Photo: Warren Fletcher
Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes.
From June 19–25 the resort unites in welcoming serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a wide range of activities targeted at them and their families as well as the many thousands of people visiting the resort.
Alan Cavill, Director of Places said: “Armed Forces Week is back for 2017 and will be as fantastic as ever.
“It promises to be a real treat for visitors, local people, veterans and service personnel alike and I hope that people will flock to Blackpool to salute and honour our veterans and service personnel.”
Armed Forces Day
In partnership with Blackpool BID, Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday June 24, and will see a full day of entertainment across the town centre and promenade.
Enjoy live musical performances from the Irish Guard Singers, Land Girls and the Band & Corps of Drums of the Royal Regiment Fusiliers (Lancashire).
Armed Forces Day in Blackpool Town Centre
A replica Spitfire will be on display in St John’s Square along with ground crew on hand to answer questions. With opportunities to learn about life in the trenches, an exhibition for the Great War heritage project, talks from a local historian and much more.
The Armed Forces Day Military Concert takes place in the evening at the Norbreck Castle Hotel featuring the Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire).
Throughout the week there are a wide range of events taking place for all ages to enjoy.
Monday 19 June will see the official Armed Forces Week flag raised to signal the official start of the week at Blackpool Town Hall at 10am, ahead of an evening of entertainment entitled “Music for Heroes” at the Opera House.
Tuesday 20 June from 10am to 5pm sees an Armed Forces Careers Information Day at the Army recruitment shop, at Houndshill Shopping Centre.
Wednesday 21 June meanwhile, features an afternoon tea dance at The Blackpool Tower (below) from 10am to 5pm and a free evening of entertainment at Marton Institute from 7-11.30pm
Blackpool Armed Forces Week tea dance
From Tuesday to Thursday, local schoolchildren will also be taking part in Armed Forces Week with the “Going to the Flicks” project, taking them from the classroom to the Odeon cinema, Blackpool, for a special war-time experience including films and talks from military personnel.
Friday 23 June from 11am features a Service of Dedication at the Fylde Memorial Arboretum (below) to commemorate our Armed Forces and veterans while the evening sees what many veterans consider the highlight of the week, the Grand Gala Dinner.
Fylde Memorial Arboretum
Cenotaph Service
And following Saturday’s Armed Forces Day celebrations, the week ends with the Sunday morning Cenotaph service and parade.
Assemble from 10:30am at the Cenotaph on Blackpool North Promenade (near the Town Hall/North Pier) for the service at 11:00am, and the parade which will begin at approx 11:30am
As is now a traditional event, the Cenotaph Service will be followed at approx 12 noon by the Blackpool Taxi Pull, an annual event celebrating 10 years, which sees local cabbies show off their strength to raise money for Armed Forces charities and finally the Submariners Sizzling BBQ at the Guards Club.
One local business has chosen to say thanks to our Armed Forces by inviting them for a free meal. On Thursday 22 Coral Island will play host, offering veterans and their families with this generous invitation, to dine out and enjoy a free carvery.