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Armed Forces Week

Celebrating Britain’s Armed Forces; past, present and future.

19-25 June 2017

Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. From June 19-25 the whole town came together to welcome 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.


Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony

Blackpool Armed forces week officially began with the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag above the Town Hall.
 
Prior to Blackpool joining the nation in this countrywide tribute, the Armed Forces Day flag was paraded along the Promenade by the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment whilst the Mayor and Armed Forces Champion paid tribute to the Armed Forces on the Town Hall steps. Once the flag arrived at the Town Hall, it was folded and passed to local school children from Weeton Barracks Primary School who then delivered it to the towns Freeman, Jimmy Armfield CBE.
 
At 10:30 Blackpool joined 10 Downing Street, other Local Authorities and Military Associations by raising the flag above the town hall to show support for the service men and women of our Armed forces, past and present.


Houndshill Shopping Centre Celebrates Armed Forces Week

On 24th June, visitors enjoyed free war-time musical entertainment including performances from the Irish Guards Singers.


Music For Heroes

Blackpool said thank you to the Armed Forces past and present, with this musical extravaganza in Blackpool’s famous Empress Ballroom.
 
This free concert has become one of the many highlights of the Armed Forces Week celebrations. The Ballroom hosted a night of music, comedy and live performance with a full program of entertainment. Music for Heroes was headlined by the excellent MOD band the Band of the Kings Division and featured the Irish Guard Singers, The Land Girls, Blackpool Music Service and much, much more.


Armed Forces Careers Information Day

In partnership with Blackpool Council Connexions Service, representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF offerd careers guidance to anyone interested in joining the Armed Forces. 


Going to the Flicks

'Going to the Flicks' is a special war-time cinema experience especially for local primary school children. The specially commissioned education film covers Blackpool during WWI, what it was like for children during WWII, footage from more recent conflicts, the Union Flag, the National Anthem, and a short Laurel & Hardy sketch. A question and answer session with tri-service military personnel and veterans follower the film.


Armed Forces Week Afternoon Tea Dance

The famous Mighty Wurlitzer was played at an Armed Forces themed afternoon tea dance in the magnificent surroundings of Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom. The Blackpool Standards marched to welcome the Mayor of Blackpool who was accompanied by serving personnel form the 4th Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.


Marton Institute

Marton Institute hosted an evening of entertainment from Grace Lamont, alongside bingo and a raffle to celebrate Armed Forces Week. A free Hot Pot supper and dessert were served!


Armed Forces & Veterans Dine Out for Free

Coral Island said thank you to our Armed Forces, veterans and their families with this generous invitation to dine out and enjoy a free carvery meal.


Fylde Memorial Arboretum

Located in the fields next to Moor park school, the Fylde Memorial Arboretum stands as an area that provides the service associations, and the people of Blackpool and the Fylde, a place of peace and beauty in which to remember their fallen comrades and loved ones. 
 
As part of Blackpool Armed Forces week, the Fylde Ex-Service Liason Commitee will host a service of dedication at the centre of the Memorial Arboretum's Glade area. All are welcome to attend the service that will include Mayoral presence from all three boroughs of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.


Armed Forces Week Grand Gala Dinner

23 June 2017
Time: Reception at 19:00, dinner served at 19:30 and carriages at Midnight
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA
Tickets: £19.50 per person. To book call 01253 352341

Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families, friends and supporters are invited to enjoy a four course meal whilst being treated to the musical of the Stowe Brass band.
 
After dinner the invited Guest of Honour will pay tribute to the Armed Forces before the Blackpool Armed Forces Week special recognition award is presented to this year’s winner.
 
Following the formalities there will be a raffle and then entertainment from a top-class cabaret line-up and band.
 
Dress code: lounge suits, blazers or black tie. Medals may be worn.


National Armed Forces Day

24 June 2017
Time: 10:30–17:00
Location: St John’s Square, and Tower Festival Headland Promenade, Blackpool
FREE EVENT

Enjoy a full day of entertainment across Blackpool Town Centre and Promenade to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
In St Johns Square there will be a stage featuring live musical performances from the Irish Guards Singers, Land Girls, The Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) and much more.

A number of vintage and modern day military vehicles will form a static display both along the Promenade  and in the town centre, as well as the famous replica Spitfire and her ground crew who will be on hand to answer all of your questions. There will also be stalls from the Military associations, decommissioned Military items for all to view and fun and games for all the family.

On the Promenade and Tower Festival Headland you will see the M8 Greyhound, MRAP, Gazz66, and CVR(T), a lightning cockpit and the Royal Navy Wildcat Helicopter, which will land approx 9.30am, and take off approx 3.30pm (subject to weather) and there will also be a flypast  from the BBMF Spitfire and Hurricaine at approx 2.05pm (subject to weather).

Blackpool Armed Forces week will also be hosting a careers and information until where people who are interested in joining the Armed Forces can find out more details on a possible career in the Forces.

The Duke of Lancaster’s unit in the Hounds Hill Shopping centre will feature an exhibition from the Great War heritage Project, talks from a local Blackpool historian about the history of the Armed Forces in Blackpool, and archive videos and imagery showing what Blackpool was like during both World Wars.

All the activities during Blackpool Armed Forces Day are completely free to attend but there will be a requirement to register for the historical talks. For more information please contact the Blackpool Tourist Information centre on 01253 478222.


Armed Forces Day Military Concert

24 June 2017
Time: 19:30–00:00
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA
Tickets: FREE EVENT, available from the Norbreck Castle Hotel and VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre

Armed Forces Day is brought to a climax with a full live concert by the Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire).
 
Based at Castle Armoury in Bury, the Band and Drum Corps of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) was founded by its president Lieutenant Col (Rtd) Eric Davidson MBE DL to keep alive the tradition of the former constituent regiments; The Lancashire Fusiliers XX and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The band has currently around 30 members with the drums numbering around 20. The uniform proudly worn is that of the regular regiment which is headquartered in the Tower of London.

As an individual unit they have travelled the length and breadth of the country performing their now famous ‘black light’ show; precision drumming under cover of darkness, the movement of their sticks only visualised by the emission of ultra violet light.

In addition the band have a full set of fanfare trumpets which have featured in events such as the rugby league finals at Wembley and Old Trafford and the Mayor-making ceremonies each year in Bury.

Blackpool Armed Forces Day Military Concert is a journey through some of the finest composers in history, featuring both military and classical arrangements.

Please note: There are a limited number of tickets available for the Military concert


Sunday Morning Service & Parade

25 June 2017
Time: Assemble from 10:30 - Service 11:00 - Parade approx 11:30
Location: Blackpool Cenotaph/Promenade

Blackpool comes together to honour and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future in an emotional and fitting tribute to the Armed Forces Past, Present and Future.
 
Attending the service will be veteran’s associations, cadets, serving military as well as their friends, families and associates. Everyone is welcome to the service of appreciation that takes place within the grounds of Blackpool grade II listed War Memorial.
 
Following the service, Blackpool invites members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets to join in the military parade That will be led along the Promenade by the Band & Corp of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Friends, family and members of the general public are invited to line the route, cheer and wave their Union Flags.
 
Those wanting to lay wreaths may do so after the service.


Blackpool Taxi Pull – 10th Anniversary

25 June 2017
Time: From approx. 12:00
Location: Start on Promenade in front of Blackpool Cenotaph
Tickets: FREE EVENT

Raising money for Ex-Service Charities, local taxi drivers will pull three London type taxis in red, white and blue setting off from in front of Blackpool’s Cenotaph, heading to the Pleasure Beach, turning round and travelling back to the Cenotaph.


The Submariners Sizzling BBQ

25 June 2017
Time: From 13:00
Location: Guards Club, 37E Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9DG
Admission: FREE
BBQ Food Prices: £2 for a burger, £3 for a double burger, Add £0.50p for cheese, £1 for a hotdog.
Discount: 50% off BBQ food for all uniformed regular service personnel.

Blackpool Submariners Association will host a special sizzling BBQ event for serving personnel and veterans, and their families after the Sunday service and parade. All locals and visitors to the Fylde coast are also welcome.


Clubs & Institutes

Throughout the week, activities supporting the Armed Forces will take place in many venues across Blackpool, including The Royal British Legion.


Offers

Sandcastle Waterpark

Free entry for Armed Forces Personnel on production of a valid ID Badge and also 50% off admission price for family tickets – again, valid with an official form of Armed services ID.
Guests wanting to take advantage of this offer just need to present their ID at our reception on their chosen date of visit, along with OFFER CODE AFW17.
T&Cs: Offer only valid on production of an official valid form of Armed services ID. Offer only applies between 20th and 26th June 2016.Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
 

Viva Blackpool

20% Armed Forces discount for the following shows during Blackpool Armed Forces Week:
Viva Vegas Live! - 20th and 24th June
Oh What A Nite  - 21st June
Icons of Vegas show - 22nd June
T&Cs: This offer is available for the dates only by quoting the promo code AFW17 at either the Viva Blackpool Box Office at 3 Church Street, or by telephoning (01253) 297297.Discount is available across the booking and proof of service is required (offer does not apply to pre-show dining)

Blackpool Transport

Blackpool Transport have confirmed that they will once again support Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June 2017. The transport company will give service personnel, their spouses and children, free travel on all Blackpool Transport Service buses and trams on Saturday 24th June 2017 in recognition of their service to Queen and Country.

T&Cs: This offer is available to service personnel with valid ID such as a MOD 90 or a veteran’s badge. The offer extends to up to 1 adult & 4 children or 2 adults & 3 children. Simply board any Blackpool Transport bus or tram & present your valid ID to the bus driver or tram conductor. Valid on Saturday 24th June 2017 only.


If you would like to participate or support us in delivering Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2017 please contact: events@visitblackpool.com