Manchester City Council

Manchester to salute our Armed Forces

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 this weekend, on Saturday 30 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.

This year’s celebration - 100 years since the end of the First World War - 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.

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, 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 June Hitchen, said: “Armed Forces Day allows us to pay tribute to the courage and experience of 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 an occasion to celebrate the outstanding contribution made by the Armed Forces community and it’s a real privilege to be able to honour their tireless work, dedication and professionalism on behalf of the city.”

Manchester Central Library - which features an extensive military archive - will be open throughout the event.

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