Blackpool’s annual celebration of Britain’s armed forces has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The week-long programme of events, which was due to take place from June 22-28, is the resort’s long-standing way of saying “thanks” to serving military personnel, veterans and cadets with a wide range of activities leading up to Armed Forces Day.
On Monday 22 June we will honour what would have been the start of our week-long event, by raising the Armed Forces Flag above the Town Hall.
We will follow the week on our social media with some throwback images in recognition of this event.
How can you get involved?
Armed Forces Week is a chance to show your support to all the men and women who are part of the Armed Forces community and we’ve been honouring the event since 2006. Our virtual celebration welcomes all ages – so why get involved from the comfort of your home? Your loved ones can join in too!
There’s plenty of opportunities for kids to learn all about World War I and World War II now that we may find ourselves with more time on our hands. We have uploaded some colouring sheets below which are a useful way to introduce the importance of veterans and our Armed Forces to your child. All you need to do is download and print.
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 through showcasing archive video footage and images. This footage can be viewed below:
Did you know Blackpool maintained its tourism offer throughout WW2 and gave many holidaymakers, and soldiers on leave, a chance to temporarily escape and forget the horrors of war? The town also had two operational RAF airfields and even manufactured bomber aircraft.
Heritage Blackpool has been working closely with The Blackpool Gazette, a local newspaper which has been delivering and reporting on life and events in Blackpool for over 100 years, to archive important moments in history for us to view in years to come.
Earlier this year, for the VE Day celebration, The Blackpool Gazette kindly provided Heritage Blackpool with over 120 digitised images of Blackpool during WW2 from their archive – and you can view them for free! These photos offer a glimpse into the past to see how the UK’s most loved seaside resort played a crucial role throughout the war. Discover Blackpool’s war-time history here.