Celebrate our armed forces
Armed Forces Day
celebrations are coming back to Pontefract Park this year.
Wakefield Council is marking the outstanding contribution that our armed forces
make to the country with a day of fun and activities on Saturday 16 June, 10am
The celebrations will also include a Spitfire flypast, courtesy of the RAF
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, marking the 100th anniversary this year of
the formation of the Royal Air Force.
New to this year’s event is the K9 Fireside Police Dog Trials by West Yorkshire
Police which will be running throughout the day.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Our fantastic Armed Forces Day celebrations are an opportunity
to bring people together to show their appreciation to those who have fought to
protect our country and those still serving.
“With a packed programme of activities taking place all day, it’s set to be a
fun day out for all the family. So please put the date in your diary and join
us on 16th June.”
Local armed forces groups, emergency services, veterans groups and community
groups will be holding stalls or demonstrations at the event, alongside a
plentiful host of food, drink and craft stalls. Entertainment will include an
acrobatics display, falconry, local dance groups, bands and lots more.
For younger visitors the event will offer a giant slide, bouncy castle,
climbing towers, assault course, face painting and paintballing.
The event is being held at Pontefract Racecourse, which is in Pontefract Park,
as it played an important role in World War One, when it was used as an
airfield. Like so many racecourses, Pontefract was a ready-made airfield and
the BE2c aircraft of 33 Squadron and 76 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps used the
park as a landing ground from 1916 to 1918.
Entry to the event and on-site parking is free. For more information visit the
Armed Forces Day Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WakefieldArmedForcesDay