Armed Forces Day celebrations begin in Leeds

The Armed Forces Day flag is once again flying proudly over civic buildings in Leeds as the city comes together this Saturday to recognise and celebrate the outstanding dedication and commitment of the British Armed Forces.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Jane Dowson hoisted the official Armed Forces flag next to the war memorial as part of a special ceremony held on Victoria Gardens which was also attended by service personnel from the armed forces, cadets, veterans and members of the public.

With the Armed Forces flag now also flying with great pride above Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall, the countdown has now officially started in the city for Armed Forces Day, which will be held this Saturday, June 24 2017.

In what promises to be one of the biggest Armed Forces Day events ever to be held in Leeds, a packed programme of activities and events has once again been put together to keep all the family entertained in locations including Millennium Square, Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street from 11am-4pm.

Beginning the festivities will be the now traditional march through the city centre, featuring serving personnel and veterans. This year the parade will be led by Royal Navy officers from HMS Audacious in tribute to the astute-class submarine being officially tied to the city of Leeds in 2016. Charity and armed forces linked stalls will also be available along with a display of military vehicles and two Second World War-era aircraft. Visitors will also be able to see a German ME109 and a legendary Spitfire which will be situated on Millennium Square and even sit in the static aircrafts for photos. On offer for youngsters to enjoy will be a Breeze bungee run, shooting range, arts, crafts and bouncy castle.