Carlisle — 25 June 2016
Carlisle Armed Forces Day
- 14A Saint Cuthbert\\\'s Lane,
An event to commemorate Armed Forces Day, a national celebration of the UK’s Armed Forces – past, present and future – will be held in Carlisle’s city centre pedestrianised area on Saturday, 25 June.
It is organised by a large working party of military organisations, including the Royal British Legion, with support from Carlisle City Council.
Stalls and exhibitions will be in place from 10am. All are welcome to attend.
Organisations represented on the day will include: the local branch of the Royal British Legion; Royal Air Force Spadeadam; the Carlisle Armed Forces Careers office; the Royal Air Force Association; Carlisle Sea Cadet Force; and Air Training Corps (City of Carlisle) Squadron.
Stalls and exhibitions will be in place from 10am, including a Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life display commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Somme. The Armed Forces Day Somme100 roadshow will help people find out more about the campaign of 1916; allow visitors to handle some original WW1 objects; give assistance with researching WW1 ancestors; encourage people to contribute to future community displays commemorating the battle and find out more about the Somme poppy arts project. Visit www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org for further information about the project.
Monies raised on the day from the stalls and raffles will be shared between the three Military Cadet formations in Carlisle.
The Armed Forces Day programme will also include live music provided by the Border Concert Band and a Cadet Drill competition at 11am.
In celebration of the Air Cadet’s 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps, nationally and in particular for No 1862 (City of Carlisle) Squadron, the old Squadron Banner will be laid up at St Cuthbert’s Church on Armed Forces Day and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Wing Commander Gordon Moore RAF (Rtd) will present a new Banner that will be paraded into the City Centre as part of the Squadron’s celebrations. The Squadron’s old Banner shall be presented to the City of Carlisle to dedicate the opportunities and commitment that the organisation has made to young people in and around the Carlisle Area over the last 75 years. This presentation shall be accepted by the Mayor of Carlisle. This Service shall be held at 1pm with the parade will take place at 1.50pm.
The Mayor will also present a Citation of Appreciation to the Armed Forces, at 3.30pm, which will be received by Commanding Officer RAF Speadadam, Wing Commander R I Henderson-Begg.
A flag-lowering ceremony will also be held on Saturday 25 June at 3.30pm. The flag will be lowered by a member of the Army Cadets. The assembled veterans, serving personnel and cadets will then parade past the Mayor of Carlisle to conclude the event.