Sheffield set to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces and veterans from all conflicts gathered in Sheffield city centre to parade from Norfolk Row to the Peace Gardens as part of Armed Forces and Veterans Day.
Armed Forces and veterans from all conflicts gathered in Sheffield city centre to parade from Norfolk Row to the Peace Gardens as part of Armed Forces and Veterans Day.
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Sheffield will honour members of the armed forces and war veterans this weekend.

The city’s annual Armed Forces and Veteran’s Day will take place on Saturday June 18 in the city centre.

Celebrations will include a military parade, live music, displays from Sheffield Armed Forces and Cadets, and plenty of fun with a series of 1940’s themed entertainment.

Veterans will gather from 11.30am in Norfolk Row before the parade begins at 11.50am, taking in Norfolk Row, Fargate, Town Hall Square and the Peace Gardens, followed by a ceremony from 12pm, led by Coun Denise Fox, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

This year’s event forms part of the activities being held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme offensive which began on the 1 July 1916.

Councillor Tony Damms, Sheffield City Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “This day is all about paying tribute to those who serve our country and risk their lives to protect our freedom.

“Our annual Armed Forces and Veterans Day is a very popular event with people of all ages, and gives communities from Sheffield and beyond the chance to show their support for serving officers and veterans from all conflicts.

“I hope that families will come into Sheffield city centre this Saturday for what is sure to be a very special event.”

Families will also be able enjoy live music at the Peace Garden from 12.30pm. First up are the The Ashby Big Band featuring the Singing Major - a classic big band and then close harmony trio The Bobby Pins will play classic 40s and 50s tunes.

Sheffielders will also have the chance to meet members of the armed forces and reserve services as they show off their skills and offer the opportunity to join in between 11am and 4pm. Visitors will be able to test their hand to eye co-ordination and agility. All events are free to attend.