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Armed Forces Day 2015

The Hoe

Tel: 01752 306330

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Plymouth Armed Forces Day Flag Raising– Monday 22 June

There will be a Flag raising ceremony in front of Plymouth Guildhall at 10am on Monday 22 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.


Armed Forces Day Saturday 27 June 9.30am-11pm

Join us with military personnel, their families and veterans, as we all celebrate our Armed Forces past and present.

Located on Plymouth Hoe with spectacular panoramic views over Plymouth Sound visitors will be able to see showcase ‘villages’ from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Veterans and Emergency Service. As well as interactive equipment, displays and military vehicles there will be a number of Air Displays taking place throughout the afternoon.

RAF and Allied Air Force Memorial Service - 9.30am
The annual RAF and Allied Air Force Memorial Service will take place in front of the Royal Naval Memorial. The service will be followed by the Veterans Parade and marching bands, including the Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth.

All veterans are invited to join in our parade.

Inter-service Field Gun Competition - from 1.30pm
For the first time, three services will compete in the Field Gun Competition in a number of heats.

Who will be crowned the best and win the ‘Babcock’ Cup? HM Naval Base Devonport, HMS Raleigh or 29 Commando Royal Artillery?

1.30pm  Field Gun Competition Heat One (40 min)
HMS Raleigh V. 29 CDO RA          Arena

2.40pm  Field Gun Competition Heat Two (40 min)
HMNB Devonport V. HMS Raleigh   Arena

3.45pm  Field Gun Competition Heat 3 (40 min)
29CDO RA V HMNB Devonport   Arena

Air Displays, sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems - throughout the afternoon

A number of different aircrafts will be making a flying visit into Plymouth for Armed Forces Day. Look to the sky and watch these amazing air displays. 

Eurofighter Typhoon: The Typhoon Display is flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby. It shows the incredible performance of the aircraft.

RAF Tutor: Parented this year by No 16(R) Squadron at RAF Cranwell, Flight Lieutenant Shaun Kimberley returns for his second year flying The Grob 115E Tutor.

Bulldog: The Tutor replaced the Bulldog as the RAF's elementary trainer some 15 years ago.

Royal Navy Blackcat Wildcat: The Black Cat's is an exciting helicopter display team who will thrill audiences at air shows with their dynamic flying displays in Wildcat helicopters.

Dr107 Design: The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993.

Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter: The ex RAF aircraft is a standard Rolls Royce Avon powered Hunter T7 trainer.

BBC Experience & BBC Make It Digital

Ever dreamed of presenting the news or weather?  Or would you like to see how a radio drama is made? Then bring the family along to The BBC Experience at the Royal Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June.  See yourself on the big screen, have your photo taken, meet some of your favourite CBeebies characters and try out your sports commentary skills!

Evening Concert, sponsored by C & G Catering - from 5pm

The Plymouth Royal Marine Band, based at Raleigh, will showcase their musical talents, getting the evening entertainment underway at 5pm. X-Factor contestant, Jay James, who served in the Royal Navy and worked at HMS Raleigh, will take to the stage at 6pm and get the party started with a number of well-known and new tracks.

Beatlemania, the ultimate Beatles experience will also be part of the evening concert. Regarded as one of the UK leading tribute acts, Beatlemania play to ecstatic sell- out audiences throughout the world and regularly appear on television and radio.

The evening will come to an end with a performance by ZU2, the world’s most authentic U2 tribute band.

Download the programme here.

Full Programme

10am to 5pm - Veterans marquee and village open - behind RN memorial
10am to 5pm - Tri Service Static displays open - Hoe Promenade
10am to 5pm - Blue Light Services Static displays open - Elliot Terrace prom end
10am to 5pm - BBC Digital Exhibition opens - Elliot Terrace grass
10am to 5pm - BBC Experience Exhibition opens - War Memorial
10am to 5pm - Static helicopter displays open - Belvedere
9.30am to 10.30am - RAF & Allied Air Force Memorial Service - Arena
10.45am - HMS Hurworth sail past
11am to 3pm - PYMS Music programme starts - Lockyer St Stage
11am - Parade of standards, cadets and veterans - Arena
11.15am - Sea Cadet display - Arena
11.30am - Devonport Royal Naval Volunteer Band - Arena
11.45am - Plymouth and Cornwall Wing ATC Corps of Drums - Arena
12pm - Community Covenant and Military Kids Choir - Main Stage
12.15pm - Military Wives Choir - Main Stage
12.35pm - Raleigh Training School Arms Drill Display - Arena
1pm - Air Show including Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog
1.30pm - Field Gun Competition Heat One (HMS Raleigh V 29CDO RA) - Arena
2.20pm - City of Plymouth Pipe Band - Arena
2.40pm - Field Gun Competition Heat Twp (HMNB Devonport V HMS Raleigh) - Arena
3.20pm - Junior Field Gun Run (Pennycross Primary School V Royal Marine Cadet Corps.)
3.45pm - Field Gun Competition Heat 3 (29CDO RA V HMNB Devonport) - Arena
4.30pm - Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter, RN Blackcat Wildcat and DR 101 Aerobatic Display
5pm - The Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth - Main Stage
6pm - Jay James from the X Factor - Main Stage
7.15pm - Beatlemania - the ultimate Beatles experience - Main Stage
9.30pm - ZU2, the worlds most authentic U2 tribute band - Main Stage

Disabled Parking - Saturday

There will be limited disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders available at Ballard House, West Hoe Road from 8.45am until 5.30pm on a first come, first served basis.

A CityBus bus will be leaving and returning to the front of Ballard House from 9am, dropping and picking up at the Elliot Street entrance of Plymouth Hoe. The last bus will be leaving the Hoe at 5.35pm.

The bus is free for disabled pass holders, O.A.P's with their bus pass, Veterans when producing their Veterans badge and military personnel in uniform. Everyone else will be charged 50p for a return ticket.

Click here to view the full bus time table and click here to view the bus route map.


Royal Naval Volunteer Band Association Festival, sponsored by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
Sunday 28 June, 9am to 4.30pm

Starting at 9am 10 Royal Naval Bands from all over the UK, including Plymouth, will perform in their annual festival, which takes place on Plymouth Hoe this year.

Don’t miss it as 400 band members showcase their musical talents in the arena and on the stage.

For more information click here

Disabled Parking - Sunday

There will be limited disabled parking for blue badge holders available on the Hoe via Elliot Street from 9am until 5pm on a first come, first served basis.

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