Veterans issue a call to arms

Ex servicemen on parade at previous Armed Forces and Veterans' Day event in Sheffield
Ex servicemen on parade at previous Armed Forces and Veterans' Day event in Sheffield
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Military might and war heroes’ pride will be on display in Sheffield city centre with a day of celebrations planned to mark Armed Forces and Veterans’ Day.

The events are to take place on Saturday, June 22, when crowds are expected to line the streets as cadets and veterans hold a parade through the city centre.

The march will be followed by a 1940s-themed variety show in the Peace Gardens.

There will also be displays by cadets and armed forces units on Fargate.

Vince McDonagh, secretary of Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex Service Associations, said: “We are calling on members of the public to come along and show their support during the parade, take a look at the displays and enjoy the entertainment in the Peace Gardens.”

The parade starts at 11.50am and runs from Norfolk Row on to Fargate, in front of the Town Hall and into the Peace Gardens for a ceremony conducted by Lord Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley.

The parade and ceremony will be accompanied by music from Woodhouse Brass Band.

And from 12.30pm in the Peace Gardens there will be music and dancing including performances from Sheffield barbershop quartet Bandwagon and of classic military music by air cadets of 366 (King Ecgbert) Squadron.

Between 2pm and 4pm there will be wartime music including songs by Sheffield-based Vera Lynn tribute act Lorrie Brown.

Throughout the day, between 11am and 4pm, there will be displays by armed forces units and cadets in Fargate - with the chance to have a go at activities such as a climbing wall and to ask questions about careers or volunteer posts.

The event is supported by funding from the council and Ministry of Defence.

Armed Forces and Veterans’ Day is held each year to celebrate achievements of service personnel - in contrast to the sombre theme of Remembrance Day.