Friday, 17 June 2011

Leeds to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Leeds will be raising the flag next week to mark the start of celebrations for Armed Forces day.

Cllr Bernard Atha will be presiding over the raising of the armed forces flag on Millennium square on Monday, with further celebrations happening on Millennium Square on Sunday 26 June.

As part of the celebrations on Sunday, a homecoming parade by the 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, based at barracks near Pudsey, will take place along with many other events and activities to mark Armed Forces Day.

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All media are invited to the raising the flag event on Millennium Square at 11am on Monday 20 June. Councillor Bernard Atha will raise the armed forces flag. Media are also invited to the event on Sunday 26 June, which will begin at 11am. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.
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The Armed Forces day celebrations will start at 11am in Millennium Square, with the parade taking place at 1pm. The Lord Mayor of Leeds will be attending, along with representatives from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Airforce.

As well as a parade, Millennium square will be host to a variety of stalls and music throughout the day. The event is open to all and will be family friendly with activities for children.

Armed Forces day will conclude with a specially themed Evensong at the Grade 1 listed Leeds Parish Church at 3pm. The Veterans Association will be marching into the church and placing their standards, along with some of the cadet forces. All are welcome to the service.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor said:
“Armed Forces Day gives us an opportunity to say thank you to our serving armed forces and veterans.

“They and their families have made and continue to make huge personal sacrifices to ensure that our country is defended, and they deserve the nation’s support and recognition.

“We are pleased to welcome home the 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment and they are especially welcome as we mark Armed Forces Day.

“I would urge people in Leeds to take the time to think of them, and join in with the armed forces day celebrations.”

Notes to editors:

The 4 Para were originally formed in 1942 in Derby and are now based at the Thornbury Barracks near Pudsey. They reinforce the Regular Parachute Battalions, and they can be deployed at a moments notice and they have recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. In 2010, 80 soldiers from 4th Para were deployed to support 16 Brigade in Helmand Province. Paratroopers wear the red beret which has earned them the nickname the ‘Red Devils’

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