Armed Forces Day returns to Longton 'bigger and better' with parade, music and military vehicles

Armed Forces Day is to return to Stoke-on-Trent be ‘bigger and better’ than ever before – with more family events and veterans marching. Queen's Park in Longton will be transformed into a military parade ground as former and serving military personnel descend on the city.

There will also be army vehicles and armed forces displays alongside various stalls at the free event which takes place on Sunday, June 30 from 1pm to 4pm.

It will start with music from Penkhull Brass Band before the parade led by C Company, Corps of Drums from Staffordshire & West Midlands (NS) Army Cadet Force.

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Any member of the armed forces, veteran associations, cadets or schools are welcome to take part and should form up at 1.45pm at the park’s top gates.

A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “It is so important we continue to recognise the extraordinary and vital work of our Armed Forces communities. We work closely with our partners to support our veterans and those with a connection to the Armed Forces.

"This includes the city council being Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award winners. Thank you to the North Staffs Armed Forces Celebration Committee and Queen’s Park Partnership for planning this fantastic, and very popular, event.”

The event will be compered by Tim Wedgwood of BBC Radio Stoke.

Six-year-old Heidi Podmore from Chesterton gets in the driving seat of a old US Army jeep -Credit:Stoke Sentinel
Six-year-old Heidi Podmore from Chesterton gets in the driving seat of a old US Army jeep -Credit:Stoke Sentinel

Schedule for Armed Forces Day

1pm – Event starts with music by Penkhull Brass Band

1.45pm - Parade detachments will form up at top gates of the park

2pm - Parade will start, led by C Company, Corps of Drums from Staffordshire & West Midlands (NS) Army Cadet Force

2.15pm - Drumhead Service, led by Revd. Geoff Eze, featuring The Penkhull Brass Band

3pm - Tribute to WWII, singalong with the String of Pearls

3.45pm - Sounds Familiar, 60s and 70s tribute group

4.30pm – Close

For more information and resources on Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces Day, Stoke-on-Trent, click here.

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