Armed Forces Week – 22-28 June 2015

Armed Forces Day 2013

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

It’s only fitting that don’t-do-it-by-halves Blackpool should host a whole week of events, during June each year, to celebrate the British Armed Forces rather than just a day like other parts of the country.

Armed Forces Week Blackpool is the resorts’ annual opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to cadets.

Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2015 will be held between 22 and 28th June with National Armed Forces Day on 27th June.

Blackpool’s Strongest Man Competition, 20 June 2015

Time: TBC

Location: St John’s Square, Blackpool

Our Local Heroes Foundation one of the leading North West based charities has organised a strongman event which is to be hosted by Blackpool BID. ‘Blackpool’s Strongest Man’ competition will take place on Saturday 20th June 2015 in St John’s Square. Strongmen from all over the county will go head to head in what promises to be an exciting series of events to determine who will be crowned as Blackpool’s Strongest Man. Greg ‘man mountain’ Dunnings a veteran who was blown up in Afghanistan now works for the charity and takes part in strongman competitions in his spare time. He is 6’7” 25 stone of solid muscle, and at 23yrs old is looking to be hailed as one of the strongest juniors in the UK. Greg was tasked to organise the event and has put together a fabulous range of strength tests such as the ‘Truck Pull’,  ‘Conans Wheel’, ‘Farmers Walk’ and the’ Yoke Carry’ amongst others in what promises to be a spectacular show of strength which is guaranteed to be a popular event. Make sure you put this date in your diary and don’t miss out on a day of family fun.


Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony, 22 June 2015

Time: approx. 10:00 arrival of the flag, 10:30 flag raising

Location: Blackpool Town Hall

Blackpool joins the nation in this countrywide tribute. The Armed Forces Day flag will be returned to Blackpool prior to it being raised above the Town Hall at 10:30.


Music For Heroes, 22 June 2015

Time: 19:30

Location: Blackpool Winter Gardens

Tickets: More information coming soon.

Blackpool says thank you to the Armed Forces past and present, with this free musical extravaganza.


We’ll Meet Again..A celebration of wartime entertainment., 23rd June 2015

Time: 12:00 – 17:30

Location: Viva Blackpool


Widely acclaimed as Britain’s Best Matinee Show – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is an unashamed celebration of British wartime entertainment produced by Duggie Chapman MBE.

Join us on ‘Armed Forces Week’ here at Viva as we celebrate with an afternoon of Music, Comedy & Song.

Remember the great radio stars of the 40s and 50s, when music really was music!

Starring Comedy Entertainer Steve Barclay bringing Impressions of the Wartime Comedians and by very special request a return of Britain’s Greatest Virtuoso of the Ukulele Andy Eastwood.

West End singing star Maggie O’Hara also performs the songs of Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields and a touch of Ann Shelton, to proceedings.

With full supporting cast of Mervyn Francis – a former vocalist from the ‘Black and White Minstrel Show’ and special guest comedian and multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup, here is a show of real variety.

With the live music backing of the ‘Martyn St James Band’ here is an afternoon show with a tribute to our Armed Forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

With all the great songs and Music of the War Years. This is true nostalgia show that leaves everyone in the audience with a warm and sentimental glow.


Show Only – £12.90, Concessions (U16 & Over 65) – £10.90, A donation to ‘Supporting The Brave’ will be made for every ticket sold for the show, with a raffle also in aid of the charity.

Add A Dining Package To Your Show Visit

• Afternoon Tea (Pot of Tea / Sandwiches & Cake Selection) – £4.95

• 2 Course Lunch (Starter / Main with pot of tea or coffee) – £8.95

• 3 Course Lunch (Starter / Main / Dessert with pot of tea or coffee) – £11.95


Armed Forces Week Afternoon Tea Dance, 24 June 2015

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Location: The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Tickets: TBC

The famous Mighty Wurlitzer will be played at an Armed Forces themed afternoon tea dance in the magnificent surroundings of Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom.


Armed Forces Career Information Day, 25 June 2015

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Location: Blackpool Town Hall

In partnership with Blackpool Council Connexions Service, representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF will be available to offer careers guidance to anyone interested in joining the Armed Forces. Come along to Blackpool Town Hall between 10:00 and 14:00 and speak to the professionals. For further information contact Connexions on 01253 754840.


Fylde Memorial Arboretum, 26 June 2015

Time: From 11:00

Location: Millennium Grove, Moor Park Avenue, FY2 0LY

Tickets: Free event

A Service of Dedication to commemorate our Armed Forces and veterans.


Armed Forces Week Grand Gala Dinner, 26 June 2015

Time: Reception 19:00, Dinner served at 19:30, Carriages at Midnight

Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA

Tickets: £18.95 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 followed by entertainment from a top-class cabaret line up and band. Dress code: lounge suits, blazers or black tie. Medals may be worn. To book call 01253 352341.


National Armed Forces Day – Stanley Park, 27 June 2015

Location: Stanley Park, Blackpool

Challenge serving members of the Armed Forces to a full day of sporting events. Details of how to enter a team will be coming soon.


National Armed Forces Day – St John’s, 27 June 2015

Time: 10:30 – 17:30

Location: St John’s Square

Free Event

St John’s Square in Blackpool Town Centre will be commemorating National Armed Forces Day on Saturday the 27th of June in style this year with an interactive fun filled and educational day. There will be a variety of military vehicles and personnel from both the modern and war eras including the ever popular Spitfire ‘Lucy’ with the Spitfire Display Team.  Come along to the square and  learn about life during the wars, try out your skills on the climbing wall, meet our sailors from the WW2  Navy, take part in drill lessons from our real Regimental Sergeant Major.  When you are ready for a rest from all the activities and exhibits, take a seat near the stage as St John’s comes alive with the music from the 1940′s.


Armed Forces’ Day Military Concert, 27 June 2015

Time: 19:30 – 00:00

Location: TBC

Tickets: TBC

Armed Forces Day is brought to a climax with a full live concert by the Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire). Please Note: This is a concert and not a dance event.


Sunday Morning Service & Parade, 28 June 2015

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. Attending the service will be veterans, cadets, serving military. Everyone is welcome. Following the service, Blackpool invites members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets to join in the short parade along the Promenade. Friends, family, and members of the general public are invited to line the route, cheer and wave their Union Flags.


Blackpool Taxi Pull, 28 June 2015

Time: From approx 12:00

Location: Start on Promenade in front of the 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.

Clubs & Institutes

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

If you would like to participate or support us in delivering Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2015 please contact: