Join in the Armed Forces Day celebrations this Sunday

13/06/2017, PR8577

Armed Forces Day 2017
Armed Forces Day 2017

​Visit Pontefract Park this Sunday to join in the Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The Council is marking the outstanding contribution that the armed forces make to the country with the day of fun and activities on Sunday (18 June) from 10am.

The celebrations include a Dakota flypast, courtesy of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and a spectacular parachute freefall display by the Royal Logistic Corps Free Fall Display team.

2017's event will see a special plaque unveiled to commemorate the important role that Pontefract Racecourse, which is in Pontefract Park, played 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.

Cllr Sandra Pickin, Wakefield Council's Armed Forces Champion, said: "We are already really excited for this Sunday's event. So much hard work and planning has gone into what is sure to be a fantastic day of celebrations.

"This day is about bringing people together to recognise the important contribution of those who have fought to protect our country and those that are still serving.

"We're delighted that the inspirational Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE, former paratrooper who was seriously injured in Afghanistan, is able to join us again this year for the celebrations.

"Please come along to show your support and enjoy what is sure to be a fantastic day out for all the family."

Local armed forces groups, emergency services, veteran 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 be provided by local dance groups and bands.

For younger visitors the event will offer a giant slide, bouncy castle, climbing towers, assault course, face painting and paintballing.

Entry to the event and on-site parking is free.

Visitors can share their photos on the events Facebook page (Wakefield Armed Forces Day) or tweet them to @MyWakefield. Follow the activities using the hashtags #SaluteOurForces #WakefieldArmedForcesDay

For more information visit the Armed Forces Day Facebook page at


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