Armed Forces Day brings crowds to Pontefract Park

​Date 27/06/2016

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Thousands of people filled Pontefract Park on Saturday (25 June) for the Council's annual Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The event was to celebrate the outstanding contribution that the armed forces make to the country.

This is the first year that the hugely popular event was held at Pontefract Park, with an even bigger itinerary of events happening during the day than ever before.

The highlights of the day included the Hurricane flypast, a parachute freefall display courtesy of Skydive GB and a search demonstration from the Police helicopter.

There were lots of activities for families to enjoy, including a giant slide, bouncy castle, climbing towers, a bungee trampoline, paint balling and face painting.

Cllr Sandra Pickin, Armed Forces Champion for the district, said: "I am delighted that so many people came to celebrate our Armed Forces on Saturday. It is always a really special occasion and an opportunity to recognise the contribution of those who have fought to protect our country and are still serving.

"This year's event was bigger and better than ever before. It was great to see so many people enjoying the fantastic attractions and activities that took place throughout the day."

This year's event also welcomed birds from Yorkshire's exciting falconry based mobile zoo, Owl Adventures, with crowds enjoying the falconry flying displays in the main arena.

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

This was the first year that Armed Forces Day was 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.

To see and share photographs from the day, visit the Armed Forces Day Facebook page at