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Armed Forces Day event details

SUPPORT: The Armed Forces Flag

SUPPORT: The Armed Forces Flag

Serving soldiers both past and present were honoured at a special flag raising ceremony.

As Armed Forces Week started on Monday, the Armed Forces flag was raised at the Town Hall flagpole in St Annes.

Lady Anne Shuttleworth, wife of Lancashire’s Lord Lieutenant, presented Coun Kevin Eastham, Fylde Mayor, with the flag before veterans from all services were presented with Ministry of Defence Veterans’ Badges at a ceremony.

An Armed Forces Day is also planned at Ashton Gardens on Sunday between 1pm and 4pm with entertainment for all the family.

Coun Ed Nash, Fylde Council Armed Forces member and Community Covenant Leader, said: “This week’s activities began with the raising of the flag at the town hall where we remembered the efforts of the armed forces and presented Veteran’s Badges.

“The Armed Forces Day is designed to appeal to young people and families. There will be lots of activities to make it a great afternoon out. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in.”

Ashton Pavilion will be transformed into a NAAFI cafe, while brass band and barbershop singers’ performances will recall the sounds of 1914 as Armed Forces Day takes place in St Annes’ Ashton Gardens on Sunday from 1 to 4pm.

Along with ceremonial tributes to the people who served in the First World War and other conflicts, the accent will be very much on family involvement as a host of activities take place throughout the afternoon.

St Annes mayor Ed Nash, who is also president of Fylde Veterans, said: “This is Armed Forces Week and we are looking forward to rounding it off with a memorable Armed Forces Day in Ashton Gardens.

“It is a very special year with August marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, so we are keen to particularly pay tribute to that, but we want young people to come along and join in the activities as well as seeing what the armed forces are all about.”

The event will start with a parade from the Ashton Gardens gates at Clifton Drive North to the flagpole where the Armed Forces flag will be raised and later lowered at the close of the event.

 

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