Bolton — 29 June 2019
Bolton Armed Forces Day
Every year Bolton holds an Armed Forces Day in the Town Centre directly in front of the Town Hall building in the heart of our town. The day commences with the Mayor laying a wreath at our war memorial, a short service attended by our local 216 Battery including Military vehicles from past and present, Cadet forces from Air and Army and our very own Bolton Sea Cadets.
Stall holders are invited from a variety of Military charity fundraisers, Armed Forces Veterans Associations are a major contributor to our stallholders. The RNLI also attend with one of their inshore boats and have a stall.
Bolton Museum and Archives have a stall and explain what they have available to the public in their Museum and Archives building relating to past wars and the role honour they hold.
We have our local radio station Bolton FM involved and they compere the days events.
We hold a Cadet challenge for all 3 Cadet forces who compete for the Cadet Forces Challenge Centenary Shield where they have to compete against each other in various challenges like in past years, Rock Climbing, Archery, Football, marching, drills etc.
Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Service attend with their vehicles to interact with the public
Bolton Mountain Rescue attend with one of their vehicles and equipment to also interact with the public
Bolton NHS Trust which all of the staff involved are either ex-military personal or in someway related to a serving member of our Armed Forces. They hold an Armed Forces Challenge, last year they did a stretcher run from Rivington Pike down to the Town Centre, the year before that they did a Tactical Advanced Battle Team march from Rivington Pike to Town Centre in full military gear and the year before that they did a vehicle pull from Bolton Hospital to Bolton Town Centre and raise money via sponsor forms.
We will be having sports activities for the public as part of our Family Day to get more people involved, A climbing wall, football stadia, archery, Football darts, smoothie bikes etc.
We hold a closing ceremony from the Town Hall steps where the Sea Cadets lower their flag on a portable mast and the Armed Forces Flag on the roof of the Town Hall that was raised at the start of the week is lowered in conjunction with the Sea Cadets flag then the Sea Cadets Bolson Whistle is played and the ringing of the Sea Cadets Bell and to finish off our AFD we end with the playing of the National Anthem.