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Marches, military kit displays and music planned for Armed Forces Day in Manchester

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 24th June 2022

Manchester will mark Armed Forces Day this weekend with a family fun day in the city centre.

St Peter’s Square will be a hive of activity to honour members of the Armed Forces and veterans of all ages.

Members of the public are invited to come along on Saturday 25 June and pay thanks through a series of events.

The formal celebrations will begin with a ceremonial march-past through the square at 11.30am, accompanied by The Lancashire Artillery Band, who will perform throughout the day.

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The Armed Forces flag was raised above the Central Library earlier this week. Credit: Manchester City Council

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Donna Ludford and Carl Austin Behan OBE representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester will be in attendance.

Later in the day, there’ll be displays of current and historical military kits from The Veterans Military Museum, which members of the public can get hands-on with.

Performances from local talent including The Silhouette Band and Michele Dignan will take place throughout the day.

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The Armed Forces flag has already been raised on top of Central Library this week, in a ceremony attended by representatives from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.

Lord Mayor Councillor Donna Ludford said: “Armed Forces Day is a very important day; it allows the city to recognise all the sacrifices the Armed Forces have made and continue to make for our country.

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“It is also our chance to make sure all those who serve know just how much respect we have for them, and how grateful we are for their service, dedication and work to keep us all safe.”

You can find out more at manchester.gov.uk/armedforcesday.

Featured image: Manchester City Council