Military heroes prepare to take salute from people of Leeds

Bombardier Ryan Fascione with David Marshall from the Royal British Legion at today's launch event in Millennium Square.
Bombardier Ryan Fascione with David Marshall from the Royal British Legion at today's launch event in Millennium Square.
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People across Leeds are being encouraged to turn out to help the city fly the flag for the country’s military heroes later this month.

City council bosses have revealed plans for a major free event on Armed Forces Day, which this year falls on Saturday, June 27.

Running from 11am to 4pm on Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street, it will feature everything from a 1940s-themed majorettes show to displays of military hardware such as a 24-tonne multiple launch rocket system.

The 4th Yorkshire Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment will also parade through the city after setting out from Millennium Square at 12.15pm.

And, weather permitting, the crowds will be treated to a spectacular Spitfire flyover at around 3.30pm.

The new Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Judith Chapman, will begin the countdown to the event by raising the Armed Forces Day flag in Victoria Gardens on Monday, June 22. The flag will also be displayed on a number of civic buildings.

Coun Chapman said: “We are extremely proud as a city to be playing our part in the national Armed Forces Day celebrations, which will provide an opportunity for the people of Leeds to come together and show members of our armed forces how much we appreciate and value the job that they do right around the world.

“An event such as this one does not happen by accident but by the hard work of so many people, and as always we would like to extend our massive thanks to council staff and representatives of all the services in the military along with charities, groups and organisations for their expertise, help and guidance.”

David Marshall, chairman of the Leeds branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was “very pleased” with the city’s plans, which were revealed at a launch event in Millennium Square today.

People interested in getting involved with Leeds’s Armed Forces Day celebrations are asked to e-mail alex.hannant@leeds.gov.uk.

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