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Armed Forces Day 2014

The Hoe

Tel: 01752 306330

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Plymouth Armed Forces Day sponsored by Babcock is an annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiative.

On Saturday 28 June set against the stunning natural backdrop of the Plymouth Sound, Plymouth will be hosting an Armed Forces Day Event on Plymouth Hoe.

This will provide a unique opportunity to see the Armed Forces up-close and will feature displays from current personnel, veterans, cadet forces, support agencies and charities.

The focus and intention of the day is to show our ‘thanks’, raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

Special events and activities take place across the city each year to raise awareness of the city's service community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country, as well as forge closer links between the armed forces and young people.

The city will welcome thousands of visitors from home and abroad to join in honouring and paying tribute to the dedication of the nation's serving personnel, veterans and their families, as well as the many agencies that support them.

See showcase villages from the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Veterans and Emergency Services which will include interactive equipment, displays and military vehicles. Five different types of aircraft will be flying in the Airshow sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems; the Royal Navy Raiders Parachute team will be landing on the Hoe and a Merlin helicopter will be located beside the Belvedere. The Veterans village sponsored by DDRC Healthcare will host over 50 organisations, charities and historic vehicle displays supporting serving personnel, their families and veterans. A children’s play area for under 12’s will be open from 10am-4.30pm.

Our media partner for this event is Cross Country Trains

Download the Armed Forces Day programme here.

Highlights of the day:

9.30am - RAF and Allied Air Force 25th Anniversary Memorial Service supported by the Central Band of the RAF

11am - Parade of Standards, Cadets and Veterans across the Hoe Promenade – all veterans are invited to join the parade led by the Central Band of the RAF

11am - 3pm - Plymouth Youth Music Service stage- detailed programme below

11.30am - Cadets Displays in the Arena

12.00pm - Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage

12.15pm - Morice Town Primary School Field Gun run in Arena

12.30pm - HMS Dragon sail past and gun salute

12.35pm - Military Wives Choir performing on the main stage

1pm - Sea King Search and Rescue Display - arriving from HMS Culdrose, Cornwall, the crew will demonstrate a rescue operation in the Plymouth Sound.

1.20pm - Tutor Flying Display A stunning sequence of vertical drops, barrel roles and spins

1.30pm - Rolls-Royce spitfire display

1.40pm - HMNB (Devonport) Field Gun Crew Competition in the Arena

2.10pm - 165 Port and Maritime Regiment Parade – The regiment has recently located its headquarters to Plymouth and will be parading in the Arena accompanied by the Central Band of the RAF

3pm - Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Team* -  leaving their aircraft at 5,000 feet trailing coloured smoke and flags, the team will fly a loose stack formation and land on the grass by Smeaton’s Tower 

3.20pm - Raleigh Training School Arms Drill Display in  the Arena accompanied by the Central Band of the RAF

3.40pm - Company ‘B’ on the main stage – this 7 piece rowdy energetic jump jive band that bring an era of musical vintage bang up to date with their show performance.

4.30pm - Breitling Wing Walker display over Plymouth Sound - Performing a breath-taking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the team's beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes.   

4.50pm - The Hawker Sea Fury display

5pm - RAF Dakota display – this Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will grace the skies over Plymouth Sound closing our 2014 Armed Forces Day

Evening Music Programme sponsored by C&G Catering

5.10pm - Joey and the Lips – The nations funkiest 10 piece band will perform a high octane show in their own fun, fast and furious fashion.

6.30pm - Supersonic – This Oasis tribute group will be performing well known sing-a-long covers from the ultimate Brit Pop band

7.30pm - The Vibes - Playing high energy, high quality indie anthems by bands such as Oasis, Stereophonics, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkey's, The View, Razorlight, The Enemy, The Killers, , Blur, Cold Play and Franz Ferdinand.

9pm - Rhapsody – The Definitive Queen Tribute Act. This Chichester based five-piece band and has performed at some of the most prestigious events from Hampton Court Palace to Fribourg Festival Switzerland. They will be performing songs from the glamour rock days of the 1970s to the Magic years of the 1980s.

PYMS Music Programme

11am - St Peters RC Primary

11.30am - PYGE Melody Makers

12.30pm - Goosewell Choir

13.00pm - PIYO

13.30pm - Soundhouse Youth Brass Academy

14.00pm - MKC

14.30pm - DHSB Duo

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising– Monday 23 June
There will be a Flag raising ceremony in front of the Guildhall at 10am on Monday 23 June to raise awareness for Armed Forces Day. Following the raising of the flag the Lord Mayor of Plymouth will present veteran’s badges to new veterans.

Other activities during the week
Children and Young People’s Services have planned a children’s evening music concert in the Minster Church of St Andrews on Wednesday 25 June.

The Devonport Naval Heritage Site and Visitor Centre* including tour of HMS Courageous will be open to the public on Sunday 29 June.

Wednesday 25 June – Reservists to ‘Wear your uniform to work day’

N.B the above programme may be subject to change

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