Military ‘salute’ planned for Fylde’s Armed Forces

Armed Forces Day in Ashton Gardens, St Annes 2013
Armed Forces Day in Ashton Gardens, St Annes 2013
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Plans to celebrate Armed Forces Week on the Fylde coast have been revealed.

Following the raising of the Armed Forces Flag on Monday (June 23), an Armed Forces Day with a range of attractions will be held at Ashton Gardens in St Annes on June 29.

Coun Ed Nash

Coun Ed Nash

Coun Ed Nash, Fylde Council Armed Forces member and community covenant leader, said: “The week’s activities begin with the raising of the flag at the town hall when we will remember the efforts of the Armed Forces and present 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.

“It is, of course, 70 years since D-Day and 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. There has been a great surge of support for the work of the military in recent months and years and I hope that many people will come along and attend both these events.”

The flag raising on Monday begins when Lady Anne Shuttleworth, wife of Lancashire’s Lord Lieutenant, will present Coun Kevin Eastham, Fylde Mayor, with the Armed Forces Flag which will then be raised up the town hall flagpole.

The Armed Forces Day, from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 29 June, will start with a parade from the Ashton Gardens park gates to the Ashton Gardens flagpole where the Armed Forces flag will be raised.