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Armed Forces Week

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

25 June-1 July 201824 – 30th June 2019
Armed Forces Week is Blackpool's opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. From 24-30 June  the whole resort comes together 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 Blackpool.


Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony

24 June 2019

Blackpool Armed Forces Week officially began with the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag above the Town Hall. 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.


Music For Heroes

24 June 2019


Details coming soon...


Going to the Flicks

25 – 27 June 2019
Location: Odeon Cinema Blackpool
Tickets: Invitation only
Going to the Flicks is a special war-time cinema experience created especially for local primary school children. The specially commissioned education film will show pupils from year’s 5 and 6 what happened in Blackpool during WWI and what it was like for children during WWII by showcasing archive video footage and images.  The children will also learn about the diverse role the Armed Forces play in the more recent conflicts, before they are taught the history of The Union Flag and the National Anthem.
 
A question and answer session with current serving tri-service military personnel and veterans follows the film where pupils can ask first-hand what it is like to be in the military


Armed Forces Week Afternoon Tea Dance

26 June 2019

Details coming soon.


Armed Forces & Veterans Dine Out for Free

27 June 2019

Details coming soon.


Fylde Memorial Arboretum

28 June 2019

Time: From 11:00
Location: Millennium Grove, Moor Park Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 0LY
Tickets: FREE EVENT
 
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 Committee 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

28 June 2019
Time: Reception 19:00 Dinner served at 19:30 Carriages at Midnight
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA
Tickets: £19.75 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.
 
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

29 June 2019
Time: 10:00–17:00
Location: TBC
FREE EVENT

Enjoy a full day of entertainment on Blackpool Promenade to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
A number of vintage and modern day military vehicles will form a static display along the Promenade.


Armed Forces Day Military Concert

Armed Forces Day Military Concert
29 June 2019
Time: 19:30–21:30
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

30 June 2019
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.


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