Join the Armed Forces Day celebrations this Saturday

Visit Pontefract Park this Saturday to celebrate the Council’s Armed Forces Day.

Wakefield Council is marking the outstanding contribution that the armed forces make to the country with a day of activities this Saturday, 25 June.

Just a few of the many highlights of the day include the Hurricane flypast, Parachute freefall display courtesy of Ravens Free Fall Team, a display by West Yorkshire Police dogs and a search demonstration from the Police Helicopter.

Visitors will also be able to meet the animals from Owl Adventures, Yorkshire's exciting falconry based mobile zoo. They will also be holding a Falconry Flying display in the main arena.

This year’s event will also host a farmers market alongside its many food and drink options from local suppliers including Farmer Copley's Hog Roast, Curry from Dee Spice, Dukes Pizza and craft beers from Bosuns Brewery, Horbury and Hamelsworde Brewery, Hemsworth.

There’s also plenty for the children to enjoy including a giant slide, bouncy castle, climbing towers, bungee trampoline, face painting and paint balling.

Cllr Sandra Pickin, Armed Forces Champion for the district, said: “We’re really excited for the event this week. So much hard work and planning has gone into providing a fantastic day of celebrations. With so many attractions taking place throughout the day there really is something for everyone.

“Armed Forces Day is a great way to bring people together to recognise the contribution of those who have fought to protect our county and those still serving.

“Come along to Pontefract Park to enjoy what is sure to be a fantastic day out for all the family.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, St Johns Ambulance, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Training Corps, Scouts, and many more will also feature throughout the day.

Winners of the Armed Forces Day children’s competition will also have their prizes awarded at the event by Lord St Oswald and army veteran Ben Parkinson MBE.

This is the first year that Armed Forces Day will be held at Pontefract Park. Over 400 trees were planted there in March in memory of fallen soldiers from the local area during the Great War.

Entry to the park and parking is free.

The Council also showed its support to the forces by raising a flag at Wakefield Town Hall earlier today (Monday 20 June). The Wakefield Mayor, Cllr Harry Ellis, and the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Sandra Pickin were joined by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment to mark the occasion.

For more information, and to share photos from the event, visit the Armed Forces Day Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WakefieldArmedForcesDay