Lancashire County Cricket Club batsman Paul Horton and former England and Lancashire wicketkeeper Warren Hegg recently joined the Leader of Trafford Council and soldiers from the 207 Field Regiment at Emirates Old Trafford to kick off a series of activities being organised by the council to celebrate this year's Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the public to show their support for the UK’s armed forces and to highlight the fantastic contribution made by the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from currently serving troops, to veterans and young cadets.
Celebrations in Trafford will take place in Urmston on Saturday 29th June and will begin at 12 noon when veterans, soldiers and cadets march from Davyhulme Circle into the town centre accompanied by stirring music from the 3rd Davyhulme Scout and Guide Band.
The council want the public to come along and line the parade route along Croft Banks Road to show their support. Children can get involved with the parade by downloading a colour-in flag to wave on the day from the council website.
Trafford Council Leader, Cllr Matthew Colledge, said: “Every day, our troops work tirelessly in many countries around the world to help provide a more safe, stable and secure world.
“That’s why, in Trafford, we want to show our support and recognise the outstanding contribution the armed services make to all our lives by celebrating Armed Forces Day. We want to highlight the fantastic work our troops do on a daily basis and we urge the local community to come along and show their support.”
The council will be joining forces with a range of partners including The Royal British Legion, the Sea Cadet Corps, Manchester United Foundation, Life for a Life, Trafford College, the Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Community Leisure Trust and local regiment, the 207 Field Hospital to host a series of armed forces day related activities.
After the parade, Golden Hill Park in Urmston will host an afternoon of family fun activities, with a range of community stalls, face painting for the kids and free sporting activities run by Trafford Leisure Trust. There will also be the opportunity to meet Manchester United mascot Fred the Red. Any donations collected on the day will be given to Armed Forces Day registered charities to help support serving troops and veterans.
LCCC batsman, Paul Horton, said: “I think our troops do an amazing job helping to protect our country and it’s important that we take the time to show our support and gratitude, not only to those troops currently serving in places like Afghanistan, but also the many veterans that have previously served us proud.”
Other events being organised by the council to celebrate Armed Forces Day include a flag raising ceremony being held at the Town Hall on Monday 24th June and armed forces day themed crafts sessions being hosted by The Poppy Factory with local schools.