The City of Wolverhampton will come together to show its support for the men and women of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force at a series of family events to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day.
The national Armed Forces Day commemorations take place on Saturday 24 June, 2017, giving the country the chance to pay tribute to serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.
Wolverhampton will be marking the occasion with a week of events, beginning on Monday 19 June with a flag raising ceremony outside the Civic Centre during which the Armed Forces Day flag will be proudly flown.
Over the next few days, there will be a range of activities for the whole community at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, in local libraries and at the Mander Centre.
The public will also be invited to join a guided tour around the city centre's many war memorials, while members of the Royal British Legion Riders, the motorcycling branch of the charity, will be riding through the city centre and displaying their vehicles.
On Armed Forces Day itself, the Mander Centre will host a special event featuring performances, demonstrations, exhibits and activities for all the family, hosted by "Winston Churchill" himself and ending with a flag lowering ceremony.
Throughout the week, people will be encouraged to show their support for the Armed Forces through the #saluteourforces social media campaign.
On Saturday 24 June, from 11am to 4pm, the city centre will be buzzing with activities for people of all ages as it becomes the location for a family celebration of our Armed Forces, past and present.
In Queen Square and Dudley Street, vintage and current day military vehicles will be on show. There’ll be the opportunity to test your flying skills in a flight simulator and take part in have-a-go activities including engineering challenges and competitions. Learn how to save a life and perform basic CPR with Heartstart techniques and find out all you need to know about becoming a Cadet or how to get into the military.
In the Mander Centre (Lower Mall), a lively programme of performance and demonstrations takes place throughout the day, hosted by none other than Winston Churchill himself (AKA Steve McTigue).
|11.00am||Address by the Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu|
|11.10am||RAF Cosford Voluntary Band|
|11.45am||The Bluebird Belles, a vintage vocal harmony trio (part I)|
|12.00pm||City of Wolverhampton Council Choir|
|12.15pm||Military Preparation College Wolverhampton – Physical Training Demonstration|
|12.30pm||The Bluebird Belles, a vintage vocal harmony trio (part II)|
|12.45pm||B Company Army Cadets Corp of Drums|
|1.00pm||Wolverhampton Sea Cadets semaphore and rigging display|
|2.00pm||Military meet and greet – meet serving members and veterans of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force|
|2.30pm||Royal Air Force Air Cadets drill display|
|3.00pm||March-on and Inspection followed by flag lowering ceremony|
A short ceremony led by RAF Cosford will mark the beginning of the city’s Armed Forces Day celebrations. 210 Battery Royal Artillery and 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment will be in attendance alongside the city’s veterans. Everyone is welcome.
A showcase of military memorabilia in an exhibition marking 80 years since the Boulton Paul Defiant’s test flight at Pendeford Airfield in 1937. The Wolverhampton-built aircraft went on to see service in the Second World War.
The Mercian Regiment Museum is coming to the Mander Centre! Come along and view an exhibition of the past and the present, compare the experiences of soldiers from The Staffordshire Regiment including WW1 & WW2 with the modern-day soldier in the West Mercian Regiment today. View antique weapons, uniforms and memorabilia, take photos with former soldiers in their uniform of the day and try your hand at poppy and medal making. www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com
Bring your toddler to ‘Baby Book-time’ with a Fireman Sam theme. The session is for children aged 3 and under, and takes place on Tuesday 20th June from 10.30am to 11.30pm at Central Library. On the same day, a children’s themed creative writing group takes place between 2pm and 3pm at Wednesfield Library. On Saturday 24 June, it’s story time at Central Library from 12.15 – 1pm, where the over 5’s can enjoy stories with an Armed Forces theme and dress up in Cadet uniforms.
Come along and join in our knit and natter - knit or crochet a wartime themed item to be displayed afterwards in the show cabinets at Central Library.
At midday on 21 June, the Royal British Legion Riders will be riding into Queen Square via Stafford Road, Stafford Street and Lichfield Street at approximately 12.15pm. Come along and chat to them about their work, view the display of static motorbikes, have your photograph taken and take part in the #SaluteOurForces campaign. The RBLR has members from the Royal Navy, The British Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Marines, as well as those who have not served, but wish to support the aims of the Royal British Legion through the riders branch.
Meet members of the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society for a guided walk of some of the city’s lesser known war memorials, culminating in a visit to the society’s iconically decorated ‘Wolves in Wolves’ contribution. Meet at 10.30am at the Keepers’ Desk, which is at the rear entrance of the Civic Centre on the Ground Floor, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH. Everyone is welcome.
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City of Wolverhampton Council would like thank the following organisations for their contribution to Armed Forces Day events: Archie’s Arches; Marston’s Brewery; GTG Training; Thomson AVC; West Midlands Pension Fund; Liberty House UK; The Mander Centre; Wolverhampton BID; Royal British Legion Riders; The Mercian Regiment; Staffords Regimental Association; Help for Heroes; HMS Forward; 210 Battery Royal Artillery; RAF Cosford Museum; RAF Cosford; RAF Cosford Voluntary Band; Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society; The Royal Air Force Association; The Royal British Legion; Wolverhampton and District United Ex-Service Council; The Military Wives Choir; The Bluebird Belles; Steve McTigue; The Military Preparation College; B Company Army Cadets; Wolverhampton Sea Cadets; The Air Cadets; Armed Forces Community Covenant Board members; The Way Youth Zone; West Mercian Regiment Travelling Display; Wolverhampton Military Preparation College; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA); St John’s Ambulance.