Armed Forces Day National Event kicks off in style
The first day of Armed Forces Day National Event kicked off in style today with great music, beautiful sunshine and amazing entertainment.
Today is dedicated to serving military personnel and their families who are enjoying a special free barbecue joined by crowds from across Wiltshire enjoying the entertainment.
Earlier today scores of school children had a tour of the military village and enjoyed Science Technology Engineering Mathematics activities at Hudson's Field.
More people arrived as the gates opened at 2pm to hear great music playing all day including the Royal Artillery Contemporary Band and Shine for Salisbury winners Duck n Cuvver before headliners The Feeling take to the stage at 9pm. Friday's live music is hosted by platinum sponsor KBR Aspire Defence.
Saturday 29 June is Armed Forces Day nationally and is being marked with a military parade through the city centre on Saturday morning. HRH The Princess Royal will take the salute outside The Guildhall as the Royal Air Force Red Arrows thrill the watching crowds with a flypast at 10am. Those not able to get to the city centre will be able to watch the parade on the big screens at Hudson's Field.
Saturday's line-up includes an air display, including the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, military displays and demonstrations, live music and dance on the main stage and the BBC Wiltshire stage. The excitement builds with a performance by Shine for Salisbury winners The Treblemakers followed by The Upbeat Beatles. Headliners Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage followed by a firework finale bringing a packed day to a close. The evening's live music is hosted by platinum sponsor Lovell.
Sunday pays tribute to veterans and cadets, those who have served and those who may serve. Veterans are being invited as special guests to afternoon tea from 1pm and will then be able to muster for the drumhead service being led by the Bishop of Salisbury and padres and marked with a flypast by a historic Spitfire aircraft.
Internationally renowned band Björn Again will bring the three-day spectacular to a close on Sunday performing many of ABBA's greatest hits after a rousing performance by the third Shine for Salisbury winners, Salisbury Rock Choir.
The event is supported by platinum sponsors KBR Aspire Defence and Lovell and the official main charity partner SSAFA. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. Armed Forces Day nationally takes place on the last Saturday in June, this year it is on 29 June with the national event being held in Salisbury. Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for troops and their families.
As it will be busy over the weekend people are reminded to leave plenty of time to arrive and remember to print out their ticket or bring a copy of it on their phone.
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