Armed Forces Day in the United Kingdom is now marked by hundreds of events held across the country, celebrating the courage and contribution of the British Armed Forces community: From veterans to currently serving troops, reserves, cadets and service families.
Hosted by our Lord Mayor, Leeds will be celebrating with a FREE event on Briggate in the city centre, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 29 June 2019.
Lots of attractions, with something to interest all ages:
• a huge range of FREE family-friendly activities, including a climbing wall, arts, crafts, and much more
• an array of displays, military equipment, armed forces-related stalls and a full-sized replica Spitfire
• stalls with information about welfare, education and services for serving personnel, veterans and their families
• the opportunity to speak with people from a range of military charities and veterans groups, and to hear their inspiring stories
and a full programme of entertainment.
11am Parade: From Albion St – Commercial St – Briggate
Band music, flags, uniforms, badges and medals … and the salute at the dais, with civic dignitaries by the Spitfire - don’t miss it!
11.30am West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Band
After leading the parade, Yorkshire’s premier ‘Military Style’ marching and concert band will play a selection from their vast repertoire of traditional and popular music.
12 noon The Daisy Belles
This all-singing, all-dancing female trio will showcase a delightful mix of classic hits from the 40’s – put on your dancing shoes!
12.45pm City of Leeds Pipe Band
There are few who cannot be moved by the sight and sound of a pipe and drum band in full Highland military uniform and City of Leeds Pipe Band is one of the best.
1pm Rocky Road
Playing a selection of rock covers that will not disappoint, this local band is fronted by Armed Forces veteran, Naheed Tariq.
1.45pm City of Leeds Pipe Band
Gather round for their second performance of the day, and see why this band has been welcomed to play at both Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle.
2pm The Daisy Belles
For their second performance of the day – be dazzled with their intricate harmonies, cute vintage choreography and fun-loving flair!
2.45pm Jessica May Frost
Leeds’ teen star with the big voice – Jessica will thrill you with her rendition of contemporary and popular numbers.
3.15pm Rocky Road
Maybe a little bit of pop, maybe rock or funk – find your place for a late afternoon boogie.
3:54pm Dakota flypast
Attune your ears to the engine-rumble of the World War 2 RAF Dakota and gaze skywards as it approaches Briggate for a spectacular three-times flypast to round up the day’s fun and celebrations.
Make sure to pick up your programme from one of the stands, on the day.
There are many ways for people, communities and organisations to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.
More information about Armed Forces Covenant.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of two significant military events
The Normandy landings – codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day took place on 6 June 1944. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and laid the foundations of the allied victory on the Western Front.
Less well-known was the epic 123 day Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, which took place from 17 January to 18 May 1944 and led to the liberation of Rome. In the final days, the Polish ll Corps fought with distinction and on 18 May, a Polish flag followed by the British Union flag were raised, marking this allied victory.