Saturday 24 June 2017

Armed Forces Day

Inverness — 24–25 June 2016

Armed Forces Day Blue Flash Challenge

5:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Old High Church ,
Church Street ,

The Blue Flash Challenge is a series of community and fundraising events centred in the Highlands of Scotland and organised by veterans of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment. These events will take place on the weekend of Armed Forces Day 2016 and will support Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity assisting the children of members of HM Armed Forces who have lost their lives in active service during recent conflicts.

The Blue Flash Challenge events will commence on Friday 24th June 2016, comprising:-
A sponsored 86km march across the Monadh Liath mountains from RoyBridge to Inverness in under 24 hours commencing 0500 on Friday 24th June undertaken by veterans of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, all over the age of 50.

A sponsored 20km ‘Blue Flash Dash’ from Dores to Inverness commencing 0800 Saturday 25th June.

A church service of dedication and remembrance which will be held on Saturday 25th June 2016 at 1100 in The High Kirk, Inverness, with representatives from the Royal Tank Regiment, Royal British Legion, SSAFA, 51st Highland Battalion (7 Scots), Highland Council and Scotty’s Little Soldiers in attendance. An invitation is also extended to all serving members of HM Armed Forces, Veteran Associations, local Cadets, Boys Brigade, Scouts, Girl Guides. The service is open to the general public who wish to show their respect for, and salute HM Armed Forces past and present for all that they have done and continue to do. A bench, commissioned for the Blue Flash Challenge/ Armed Forces Day, shall be presented to the community. Unique Blue Flash Wreaths will be laid and a very special reading by Maj. Charles Pelling of the Earl Haig Poppy Fund will take place.

A charity Blue Flash Ceilidh with music by Trail West, Rona Lightfoot, Julie Fowlis, Robyn Stapleton and other special guest artists will take place on Saturday 25th June at The Club, Gordon Terrace, Inverness. Tickets are £25 per person and can be ordered via our Facebook page which is detailed below.

The Fear Naught charity compilation CD will take place on Saturday 25th June 2016 featuring tracks by a number of well-known Scottish artists including Skipinnish, The Proclaimers, Ivan Drever, Skerryvore, Trail West, Gillebride Macmillan, Cathy Ann McPhee, Kathleen MacInnes, Robyn Stapleton, The League of Highland Gentlemen, The McCalmans, Nish Walker, Maj. Charles Pelling, and The Band of the Royal Tank Regiment.

An auction, which will take place during the ceilidh on the evening of 25th June features donations from some of Scotland’s top companies, distilleries and organisations. This will follow on from a raffle being held the previous night as supporters follow the progress of those taking part in the 86km march across the mountains via live feed to a big screen TV at the ceilidh venue

Blue Flash Challenge weekend has received support from HRH Prince Harry, General Sir Laurie New and Baron David Rose, chief of Clan Rose of Kilravock as well as endorsements from many celebrities across the music and sporting world.

These events not only support a well-deserved charity, and highlight Armed Forces Day to the general public, they also encourage a healthy and active lifestyle in the over 50s as those participating in the sponsored events train hard to complete the grueling journey across the Scottish Highlands against the clock.

Mr Roger Fisher and Mr Murdo Macleod, both veterans of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Blue Flash Challenge committee would like to thank the following local and national organisations and businesses for their sponsorship and support of Armed Forces Day and Blue Flash Challenge. ‘Scottish Water. Isle of Skye Candle Company. Tullibardine Distillery. Kilda Cruises. Tinto Trout Fisheries. Taste of Moray. The Club, Inverness. Glencadam Distillery. Kevock Digital. Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory. Fuel 10k, Trail West. Apex. Speedy. Greentrax . Brandon Hire. RoyBridge Hotel. BirnamCD. Isle of Harris Distillers. Scottish Salmon. Tomatin Distillers. Troop Logo. YB Tracking. Speyburn Distillery. Caledonian Hotel, Portree. P.D. Ceannair. Impact Imagz. A & I Quality Butchers 51st Battalion (7 Scots) Royal British Legion Baron Rose of Kilravock ‘

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