Armed Forces Day is back at Pontefract Park

We are marking the outstanding contribution that our Armed Forces make to the country with a day full of fun and activities on Saturday 17 June from 10am until 4.30pm. 

The celebrations will include a Spitfire fly-past, courtesy of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the fantastic Wings Free Fall Parachute Display Team will be dropping in. There will also be a Veterans Parade.

Our Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Steve Vickers, said: “Our fantastic Armed Forces Day celebration is 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 throughout the 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 Saturday 17 June.”

Local Armed Forces groups, emergency services personnel, veterans’ groups and community groups will be holding stalls and demonstrations at the event, alongside a plentiful host of food and drink stalls and a craft market. Entertainment will include local dance groups, children’s rides and activities and lots more.

The event is being held at Pontefract Park, which played an important role in World War One, when the land was used as an operational airfield. Being such a large and flat open space, the racecourse and parkland area 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 Armed Forces Day event and on-site parking is free. If people can car share or use public transport, this will help reduce traffic and support the environment.

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