A series of special activities will be held in Redcar and Cleveland to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day.
Taking place on Saturday 24 June, the day will officially open at 10.15am with a parade of military personnel, both past and present, on Redcar High Street.
Entertainment has been organised throughout the day for people of all ages, with music and singers, cadet drill displays, and children’s activities such as a climbing wall and mobile cave.
We are especially delighted to introduce Whizz Bangs/Sounds of the Battlefield this year who are a North East based re-enactment group covering British and American World War 2 era. There will be numerous static displays of weapons and military vehicles. A firing demonstration and informative talk of various infantry weapons. Pistols, rifles, machine guns and mortars etc. The display lasts approximately 30 minutes. There will be very loud bangs, firing and smoke.
The iconic Lancaster Bomber will be seen in the skies for a fly past during the afternoon, and military memorabilia will be on display. Refreshments will be on offer, and local charities and groups will have stalls along the High Street. The event, which concludes at 3.30pm, is organised by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, in partnership with Royal British Legion Redcar Branch and Rotary Club
10.15am – Official Opening: Parade on Redcar High Street from Moore Street to near the Town Clock. Introduction and welcome by Mr Eric Howden BEM, Chairman of Redcar Branch Royal British Legion.
10.25am – Raising of the Colours: Cadets of TS Zetland
10.35am – Welcome address by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland. The Last Post is sounded. The Two Minute Silence is observed. Reveille is sounded. Three cheers for His Majesty The King Charles III followed by the National Anthem
10.45am – Service of Thanksgiving, opening prayer and blessing from Revd Rebecca Haughty from the Parish of Coatham and Dormanstown.
11am – Parade: March Off the High Street
11.05am – Locals Vocal Choir
11.35am – Imaginarium Dance Theatre performing near Iceland
12noon – Whizz Bangs Sounds of the Battlefield. A Live Firing display. Prepare for loud bangs and booms!
12.35pm – Cadet Demonstrations and Standard Bearer Drill Competition between Sea Cadets from TS Zetland and 2394 Sqn Royal Air Force Cadets.
1.05pm – The Lipsticks Vintage Trio
2pm – Canny Yatton Ukes
2.30pm – Result of the Drill and Best Dressed Window Competition
2.40pm – Dance Off: Join the cadets on the dance floor.
3pm – Marske Brass Band
3.49pm – The Iconic Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be seen in the skies on a Fly Past.
3.50pm – Evening Colours at the Town Clock: A farewell and safe journey home.
All events will be held near the town clock unless otherwise stated.
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