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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-16-06

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With a fortnight to go the North West gears up for Armed Forces Day on 24 June

WITH just 14 days to go, Towns and Cities across the North West of England are preparing to mobilise to show their appreciation for the UK's Armed Forces. 

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to say thank you to the entire Armed Forces community for the outstanding work they do; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and women, both Regulars and Reservists, Cadets and veterans.

In its 9th year, Armed Forces Day is the national day dedicated to honouring the work of the Armed Forces. From fighting Daesh in the Middle East, to guarding the UK's skies and seas, the UK's Armed Forces will be saluted at a record 300+ events across the UK and at the National Event, which this year takes place in Liverpool. 

Events will take place across the North West, including:- a march past and display of military vehicles, in Manchester, 3 games of Armed Forces rugby, in Warrington and a cadet marching display, in Bolton.

During the national event in Liverpool a military village of static displays, machines, equipment and exhibitions, physical training and motorbike displays will be on show. Ahead of the event in Liverpool, football mad sailors, soldiers and airmen met local footballing heroes Liverpool's Gary McAllister and Everton's Graham Stuart.  

Also encouraging people to mark Armed Forces Day were the crew of the new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, the vessel which is still under construction is affiliated with the maritime City of Liverpool. 

Commander Bernie Thompson, Chief of Staff at the Naval Regional Headquarters in Liverpool said:- "The Armed Forces have strong historic and current links with the North West region and the City of Liverpool. This year's Armed Forces Day National Event provides a great opportunity for us to engage with the public, who give us such tremendous support, and for the public to find out more about our kit and our people. Those currently serving in the Regular and Reserve Armed Forces, along with veterans and cadets, are eagerly looking forward to meeting the many thousands of people who will be in Liverpool, on the 24 June 2017." 

Chief of Defence Staff Sir Stuart Peach commented:- "I'm delighted to see people across the United Kingdom coming together to mark Armed Forces Day. The day is a chance for people to say thank you to the extraordinary men and women, stationed across the globe who dedicate their lives to defending their country and keeping British people safe." 

Councillor Wendy Simon, Assistant City Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture Tourism and Events at Liverpool City Council, said:- "It is a huge honour to be the national host for the celebrations and together with our partners we look forward to staging an unforgettable event which will do our City, the whole country and the Armed Forces proud."

UK Armed Forces are currently involved in over 20 Operations in more than 25 countries, from South Sudan to Iraq. But many of those back at home will be in attendance at events across the country. 

Also present will be many veterans that make-up the estimated 2.56 million Armed Forces veteran community living in the UK. Young Cadets will be present too; together the Sea, Army, and Air cadet forces have almost 100,000 members, many of which will be at events up and down the country.  

Local events in The North West will take place in the following Towns and Cities:-

STALYBRIDGE - 1 July 2017 - Tiny Armed Forces - promenade theatre event.

MERSEYSIDE - 1 July 2017 - Armed Forces Celebration Jamboree.

MORECAMBE - 25 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Morecambe.

MORECAMBE - 25 June 2017 - Submarine Association Morecambe Armed Forces Day.

SOUTHPORT - 25 June 2017 - Southport Armed Forces Day 2017.

ST ANNES ON SEA - 25 June 2017 - Fylde Armed Forces Day.

SALFORD - 25 June 2017 - Broughton House Armed Forces Day.

DENTON - 24 June 2017 - Tameside Armed Forces Day 2017.

LANCASTER - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day.

LIVERPOOL - 24 June to 25 June 2017 - National Armed Forces Day.

PADIHAM - 24 June to 25 June 2017 - Padiham Armed Forces Day.

WYTHENSHAWE - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day, Northenden And Wythenshawe.

WIGAN - 24 June 2017 – Wigan Borough Armed Forces Day Celebration.

STRETFORD - 24 June 2017 - Trafford Armed Forces Day.

SKELMERSDALE - 24 June 2017 - 1439 ATC Squadron Armed Forces Celebration Day.

PRESTON - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Preston.

MANCHESTER - 24 June 2017 - Manchester Armed Forces Day: A Big Thank You.

ECCLES - 24 June 2017 - Salford Armed Forces Day.

WARRINGTON - 24 June 2017 - Warrington Armed Forces Day 2017.

WARRINGTON - 24 June 2017 - Warrington Armed Forces Day At Crosfields Arlfc.

LIVERPOOL - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Gathering

BIRKENHEAD - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Celebrating Recovery Barbecue.

BOLTON - 24 June 2017 - Joining Forces, Armed Forces Day.

NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Family Picnic In The Park – Newton-Le-Willows.

GOLBORNE - 23 June 2017 - Golborne St Thomas Ce School Choir Sings For The Armed Forces.

HAYDOCK - 23 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Fancy Dress Party.

GLAZEBURY - 21 June 2017 - A Social Occasion To Say Thank You To Our Armed Forces Families.

BOLTON - 19 June to 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Bolton.

BLACKPOOL - 19 June to 25 June 2017 - Blackpool Armed Forces Week.

SALFORD - 19 June 2017 - Salford Armed Forces Flag Raising Event.

GOLBORNE - 19 June to 23 June 2017 - Armed Forces Enrichment Week (Schools programme).

RAWTENSTALL - 19 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony – Rossendale.

HEYWOOD - 17 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day/Forgotten Wars/1940's – Heywood

URMSTON - 17 June 2017 - Armed Forces "Thank You" Breakfast.

Further information on Armed Forces Day, including a full list of events, can be found on the dedicated website.   British Pathé footage of the previous launch (Lady Sponsor, the Princess Royal) can be found online.


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