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Armed Forces Weekend

The Hoe

Tel: 01752 306330

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Opening Times

25 Jun 2016 - 26 Jun 2016

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

With 50,000 attending the event last year we are continuing to improve our annual event on the glorious Plymouth Hoe, and with this in mind we are developing a spectacular two day event which will be known as Armed Forces Weekend, in association with Babcock International.


The intention of the day for Plymouth is to say a big Thank You to the Armed Services, their families and our veterans.

The aim of the event from the MOD; is to raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

So our plans to date include:

Saturday 25 June 2016
10am - 10.30pm

The annual RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument Service - 9.30am  - 10.30am

Veterans parade on the Hoe including over 30 Royal British Legion Standards - 11am
The annual parade of standards including veterans and cadets across the Hoe Promenade.

The Rifles Freedom of the City parade - 2pm

The marching contingent, will be composed of 2x Guards Units, together with Old Comrades of the Light Infantry Association and the Devon and Dorset Regimental Association who will form up in the Royal Citadel.

There will be approx. 250 in the parade from the 4th Battalion and from 6 rifles reservists.

The parade will be stepping out of the Citadel and led by The Band of The Rifles; the parade route will be as follows:
Hoe Road leading onto Citadel Road, turning left up Elliot Street and onto the Hoe. The parade will proceed across the promenade. The Parade will then return to the Citadel via Hoe Road.

Arena displays featuring cadets, combat displays and marching bands
HMS Raleigh Small Arms Drill team
RM Cadets Corps of Drums Drill Display team
Plymouth pipe band

Veterans Village Sponsored by Royal British Legion
The Veterans Centre marquee will contain approx.40 individual stalls, outside the marquee there will be other trailers and gazebos. It is expected that over 50 organisations and charities will be located in this village.

Action on Hearing Loss                                            Plymouth East Division Girl Guiding                                           
Age UK Plymouth                                                     Plymouth Guild
Armed Forces Bikers                                                Plymouth History Centre
Association of Wrens                                                Plymouth Homes for Veterans
Battling On CIC                                                         Plymouth Radio Club
Brixham Battery Heritage Group                               Plymouth Scouts
Charity Crafter - Alzheimer’s Fundraiser                   RNLI
Devon & Somerset FRS                                            Rotary Club of Plymouth Mayflower
Devon Freemasons                                                   Royal Air Forces Association                      
Devonport Field Gun Assoc                                      Royal British Legion Riders Branch
Forces Support                                                          Royal Marines Association Plymouth and District Branch
G4RLF Vintage Wireless                                           Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare
Healing Hands Network                                             Royal Tank Regiment Association Plymouth Branch
Healthwatch Plymouth                                               SAMA82
Help For Heroes                                                         Sanctuary Supported Living
Help For Heroes (Devon Team)                                 Scotty's Little Soldiers
HMS Ganges Association                                          Sea Cadet Corps
HMS Heroes                                                              Seafarers UK Plymouth Committee
Jack and Jill's Childcare                                             South Devon Parachute Regimental Association
Lions Club International                                             SSAFA
Livewell Southwest                                                    The Royal British Legion
Maritime Archaeology Trust                                       Turn to Starboard – sail training charity
Maritime Books Ltd                                                    Volunteer Plymouth
Opportunity Knocks Project                                       War Widows Association of Great Britain
Plym Valley Railway                                                  Women's Royal Army Corp

Royal Naval Village
Displays confirmed to date:

Southern Diving Unit with MIB, IED truck, EOD Hilux, EOD Team, static display, Robot plus demonstration dive tank with divers performing challenging underwater tasks
Royal Naval Association – Static display
Submarine School Display – Static display and meet the team that train the submariners
Babcock Submarine – Static display (Thales Group)
RN Devonport Heritage Centre – shop and heritage centre display
Military Defence Police with their rib
Royal Marine Cadets – Drum and Drill display
Sea Cadets Corps – Drill display
Explosive Group – weapons display
Derriford Medical Group SW – Static display
China Fleet Club – Static display
Royal Naval reserves (HMS Vivid) – Static display
30CDO Royal Marines with RWIMIK, BV, Air Defence Stance and Royal Marine shop
Pixieland Nursery
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity – Static display
RN/RM Recruitment – MRV Vehicle

HMS Raleigh Training School static display with SA80’s.

Army Village
Army and 29 CDO RA displays and exhibitions supported by various hardware. Confirmed to date include:

165 Port & Marine Regt with 265 Port Squadron Royal Logistics Corps
300 Troop and131 Independent Commando Squadron
243 Field Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps
ACC Plymouth
383 Commando Petroleum Troop RLC
6 Rifles
130 Field Company and 105 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers
289 Troop and 104 Regt Royal Artillery

RAF Village
Displays TBC

The Royal Citadel Open Day - 12pm - 6pm
29 CDO Royal Artillery will be holding an open day. More details coming soon.

Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS) Stage - 11am-3pm
Stage programme featuring young local musicians and singers.

The Military Wives Choir will be performing on the main stage during the afternoon

Emergency services displays
Supported by Fire Service, Police and Coastguard.

The Fire Service will be displaying the following:

Two Vintage Fire Engines
Road Safety Trailer
Static Fire Engine display
Free Home Safety Visits information

Evening Stage Entertainment programme sponsored by C& G Catering - 5.30pm - 10.30pm
An exciting programme of live music is planned for the evening on The Hoe.

5:30 - 6:00pm        tbc
6:00 - 7:00pm        Royal Marine Band, Plymouth (TBC)
7:05 - 7:55pm        Phil Collins Tribute
8:00 - 9:15pm        The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
9:30 - 10:30pm      The Birmingham Blues Brothers

Other activities and displays

Military Kids Choir
SSAFA Rally for Heroes car
The Herald
Radio Plymouth
Heart Radio

Sunday 26 June 2016
10am - 4pm

29 Cmdo Royal Artillery’s Feu de Joie
During the morning 29 Cmdo Royal Artillery’s will hold a Feu de Joie, which is a military spectacle from the residents of the Royal Citadel.

Colours form up on Plymouth Hoe - 11.30am
Arrival of Lord Mayor and party - 11.40am
Inspection of the colours - 11.45am
Lord Mayors speech - 12pm
Feu de Joie by troop, battery and regiment - 12.05pm
Cease firing - 12.15pm
Drive by - 12.20pm
Event finish - 12.30pm

Air Displays sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems - 1 - 2pm and 3 - 4pm

1.00pm - Red Devils Freefall Display Team
1.17pm - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official) - RAF Dakota
1.24pm - Strikemaster Display UK
3.10pm - MIG 15
3.20pm - Richard Goodwin Muscle Pitts ultimate high energy aerobatics biplane
3.32pm - Royal Navy Black Cats
3.44pm - The Blades Aerobatic Team


Devonport Field Gun’s Assoc.
In the afternoon the Devonport Field Gun’s Assoc. will host a new junior field gun competition for up to 14 competing schools.

Details are still being finalised but we are working with the armed forces and our partners to stage a spectacular and exciting weekend of entertainment, air and sea displays and activities for the whole family.

More details will be release over the next few months.

Other Activities during Armed Forces week

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising event
There will be a Flag raising ceremony in front of the Guildhall at 10am on Monday 20 June which launches the week. Followed by a civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor where veteran’s badges will be presented to nominated candidates. Military vehicles and equipment will be located on Guildhall Square.

Children and Young People’s Services have planned the following activity.

HMS Heroes service Children’s Voice Awards: The HMS Heroes Ambassadors (age 14+) are planning and will deliver an HMS Heroes awards evening on the Wednesday of AF Week.

This group represents approx. 2,500 children and young people of service and veterans' families in Plymouth.

They have clubs in 53 Plymouth Schools and are over 9000 strong internationally, growing daily. The awards event will recognise the work of clubs and individuals in Plymouth and the categories will be set by the young people in collaboration with the wider group. The evening will build upon the 2015 event, which took place by kind permission of 30 CDO RM, in their Globe Theatre, and will see 10 awards presented. Entertainment will be provided by the Plymouth Youth Concert band and the Military Kids Choir. There will be a guard of honour provided by RBL standard bearers.

•  A competition for art and design which will be run through all Plymouth schools linking with the AFW programme, the winning entry will be the design of Plymouth’s 2015 AFD badge. The badge raises funds for the Poppy Appeal and raised £2000 in 2015.
Other designs will also feature throughout our AFW event brochure.

•  The HMS Heroes small marquee will be staffed by children and young people and will provide a free art activity to visitors. This will also be an information point for the group and for families wishing to seek advice about education in Plymouth.

•  Serving personnel in uniform and Veterans will visit schools to discuss their experiences

•  For the 3 weeks, including and either side of AFW, Junior Life skills, supported by the RN at their Bull Point site, will take place. This is a special offer to year 6 children and enables them to learn about how to cope with health and safety issues in the home and their wider environment. Across the project over 2,000 11 year olds will participate. This event is also supported by partners including: City Bus; Western Electrical; Peninsula Medical School; First Great Western; D&C Constabulary; D&S Fire Service, PCC IT Consultancy and the RNLI.

For the past 8 years our Children and Young Peoples Services have managed an extensive programme of visits to HM Naval Base Devonport, HMS Raleigh; 42 Commando and the Royal Citadel. Our Council’s Children’s and Young Peoples directorate are planning a similar programme for 2016 in which over 3,000 young people will be involved.

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