The tireless efforts of the Armed Forces are to be honoured in the city with a day of celebrations.
Leeds’ Armed Forces Day, with celebrations to be held across the city on Saturday, June 25, is expected to draw a crowd of 20,000 people.
There will be a parade through the city centre, displays and family activities as well as a fly-past from a Lancaster Bomber.
The event, say organisers, is hugely important.
“It’s an opportunity for the city to thank all our armed forces,” said Lord Mayor Gerry Harper at the launch of the event outside Leeds’ Victoria Gardens yesterday, where he met with veterans including Robert Shadbolt, 75, a retired Sergeant with the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery. “It’s a great event to say thank you to our Armed Forces for all they have done.”
A key element of the day is to highlight the contribution of veterans, and there will be a chance to meet and speak to them about their experiences. A Drum Head Service is also scheduled to take place on the steps of Leeds City Art Gallery.
Coun Graham Hyde, Armed Forces champion for Leeds, said it was a tremendously important day: “This is to remember the personnel who lost their lives in wars up until the present day. It’s about a celebration of the work of the Armed Forces and their contribution to the city.”
Commemorative events will be held across the city, at Victoria Gardens, Cookridge Street and the front of Leeds Town Hall.
A parade through the city centre will kick-start the day’s events featuring service men and women and also cadets from across the city. Also on hand to entertain the crowds will be a variety of displays, military vehicles and stalls, as well as family friendly activities including a climbing wall, boot camp and themed crafts.