Armed Forces Week takes place from Monday 20th until Saturday 26th June, providing the opportunity for everyone in and around Blackpool to say thank you to our heroes.
One of the biggest events takes place next Sunday 26th June with the the Sunday Morning Service at the Blackpool Cenotaph and the Parade along the Promenade. Assembly for the event starts at 10:30 a.m. with the Service at 11:00 a.m. and the Parade at approximately 11:30 a.m.
During his time, Blackpool will come 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. friends, family and members of the general public are invited to line the route, cheer and wave. Those wanting to lay wreaths may do so after the service.
Before this on Monday 20th June, the Armed Forces Week commences with a flag raising ceremony at 10.30 a.m. at Blackpool Town Hall
And on Saturday 25th June – National Armed Forces Day – between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. – a special event will take place at Hangar 42 Spitfire Visitor Centre, Blackpool Airport, Squires Gate Lane, FY4 2QY There will be a range of activities and displays taking place at the Airport to mark the vital role that the UK Armed Forces have played in the past, are currently taking part in and their potential roles in the future.
The Spitfire Visitor Centre this year focuses on the Royal Air Force in World War Two and the vital part played by Groundcrews and Aircrews serving at RAF Squires Gate.
The team of volunteers will bring to life the realities of wartime Blackpool and sacrifices’ rolls played by the local residents, in supporting the War effort.
Entry to the Spitfire Visitor Centre is Adults £6, Children 8-16 £4 with 7 and under being free. Entry is FREE for serving members of the UK Armed Forces and Veterans and their family members upon production of ID such as MOD 90, Veterans badge etc… (Max 4 per party) No pets are allowed inside H42.There is free car parking and there are disabled facilities.