Celebrate our armed forces

15/05/2018, PR8799

Armed Forces Day 2018

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 until 4pm.

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
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr 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

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