A celebration of the nation’s Armed Forces is just days away from taking place in Charnwood.
Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces will be held on Saturday, June 24 and will see a host of events taking place.
The 158 Regiment of The Royal Logistics Corps will be bringing a range of vehicles and equipment to the Market Place where there will also be stalls with information, advice and support for serving personnel and veterans.
Charnwood Armed Forces Veterans’ Breakfast Club is also getting involved by serving tea and coffee in return for donations.
Later on in the day, Queen’s Park will host some sporting activities for people to try including an obstacle course, climbing wall and a boot camp.
Youngsters can get into the military swing of things by dressing up in costume for the day and get their faces painted while they are there.
Caroline Sharpe, the borough carillonneur, will be playing in Queen’s Park and Loughborough Endowed Schools will play a fanfare. The Mayor of Charnwood will also attend to say a few words about Charnwood’s support for the Armed Forces.
Charnwood Museum in Queen’s Park will be open on the day and will be selling refreshments in its café and Love Loughborough will sign the Armed Forces Covenant pledge. The pledge will reinforce their commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community and hopefully encourage other businesses and organisations to do the same.
The event is being organised by Charnwood Borough Council and supported by Love Loughborough.
Chris Traill, Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing at Charnwood Borough Council said: “We’ve got a great range of activities planned and there’s only one order for the day – go along and have a good time.
“Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces is a chance to show your support for serving military personnel and our veterans.”
On Monday June 19, at 10am, the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at Loughborough Town Hall to mark Armed Forces Day. Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson said: "I have been delighted at the way the nation as a whole has demonstrated an increasingly tangible recognition and appreciation of our armed forces and what they do.
“I hope that this flag raising ceremony, and Armed Forces Day itself, will contribute as in previous years, to a wider understanding of the armed forces community, of the crucial role that it plays in our national life and the remarkable men and women, both currently serving and veteran, who are at its heart.”