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Thousands of people, of all ages, are set to show their appreciation and support for the Armed Forces and veterans with a host of fun activities in the city centre on Saturday 24 June.
Service personnel and their families from across the city have been invited to Manchester’s Armed Forces Day event for a chance show their support for the Armed Forces community.
The city’s celebrations will take place at St Peter’s Square with activities running from 11am to 4pm.
The Lancashire Artillery Band will start the celebrations followed by a march past at 11.30am, complete with a ceremonial firing of guns.
Local bands including The Backhanders and The Void with Nicola Greenwood, plus Blackley Brass Band will be entertaining the crowds from noon until 6pm.
Visitors to the event will be able to immerse themselves in military taster activities and will be able to have a go at sitting in an RAF Jet Provost cockpit, get up close with a Scorpion tank, wear real military kit, and try their hand at radio communications.
Information about military and veteran support services will be available and there will be a host of free family-friendly activities taking place, including a climbing wall and face-painting.
There’s also the chance to enjoy some delicious food and drink.
Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said:
“Armed Forces Day allows us to pay tribute and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by current members and veterans of the Armed Forces. It’s a great day out for all the family and a fantastic opportunity to show your appreciation of their service.
“It’s a real privilege to be able to honour the tireless work, dedication and professionalism of the Armed Forces community on behalf of the city.”
Special offers are available for Armed Forces personnel and veterans, with details available on the website.
For more information visit www.manchester.gov.uk/armedforcesday
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