Armed Forces Day to be celebrated in Leeds

Caption: A range of activities and events will be held in Leeds to celebrate Armed Forces Day on June 28.

The professionalism, courage and commitment of the British Armed Forces will be recognised next month as part of a special day of events set to be held in Leeds.

As part of national Armed Forces Day, Leeds will be holding its own celebrations on June 28 from 11am - 4 pm. The Lord Mayor is hosting this free event, which will include at 12 noon a parade past Victoria Gardens on the Headrow by representatives from each military service and music from the Rothwell Temperance Band. On Victoria Gardens a range of family-friendly activities including a Breeze Boot Camp and crafts will also be available, while children and young people can show their support for the Armed Forces by taking on the challenge of a climbing wall.

A number of displays from the Armed Forces will also be on show including a 24 tonnes Multiple Launch Rocket System, while there is also the chance to meet veterans of all ages and browse a range of charity and military linked stalls. A stunning Spitfire flyover is also set to take place at approximately 2.45pm, which promises to be one of the highlights of the day.

The city of Leeds has a historic link with the British Armed Forces, and in 2012 signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant strengthening this partnership. This covenant, this ensures that a wide range of support, help and guidance is available to in-service personnel, veterans and their families.

Groups and organisations involved in Armed Forces Day 2014 include the Royal British Legion, The Forgotten Heroes, Yorkshire Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association, 269 (West Riding) Battery Royal Artillery, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment; Gurkha Welfare Trust , Royal Engineers Association , Air Cadets, RAF Linton on Ouse, 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, Royal Observer Corps Association, Yorkshire Army Cadet Force Leeds, Green Howards Yorkshire Branch, Fleet Air Armed Association, Yorkshire Branch, Royal Naval Association – Wetherby Branch and SSAFA Forces Help.

This event is supported by the Ministry of Defence and Leeds City Council media partner Heart Radio.

To keep up to date on Armed Forces Day, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Events/Pages/armed-forces-day.aspx

If you would like to contribute to the event, please contact Alex Hannant at alex.hannant@leeds.gov.uk

For more details regarding the British Armed Forces, please see the following websites: British Army: www.army.mod.uk Royal Air Force: http://www.raf.mod.uk/ and Royal Navy: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

"We are delighted to be holding an Armed Forces Day in Leeds on June 28, which will provide the people of our city with an opportunity to show their support and thank our serving men and women for their outstanding professionalism, courage and commitment.

"Leeds is extremely proud of its historic links with the military, and events such as this one sit aside our continued support for in-service personnel, veterans and their families in the city through the signing of the council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012."

Councillor Graham Hyde, Leeds City Council’s chair of the armed forces member champion group said:

"An amazing amount of hard work has gone into the organisation of this year’s Armed Forces Day, and I would personally like to thank representatives of each service in the military, and a wide range of charities, groups and organisations for all of their assistance and help.

"On the day there will be a full parade including all military services, a number of family-friendly activities at Victoria Gardens, and in what promises to be something really spectacular, a flyover by a legendary Spitfire plane.”

David Marshall, Chairman of Leeds group, The Royal British Legion said:

"We are very pleased that the city has taken up the challenge and will be holding an Armed Forces Day on June 28 this year, especially when you consider the large amount of work involved in organising and running the forthcoming Grand Départ in Leeds. We are extremely appreciative.

"This promises to be a fantastic event, and we hope a lot of people will attend and join in the celebrations on the day."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Armed Forces Day is being supported by the Ministry of Defence.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk