A day of celebration will be held in Loughborough on Saturday, June 30 to mark Armed Forces Day.
Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces has been organised by Charnwood Borough Council and supported by Love Loughborough and will see a number of military vehicles and equipment on display, face painting, a range of vehicles from the Land Rover Club, a display of military artefacts from the Carillon Museum and Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club tea tent, offering refreshments in return for donations.
Visitors will be able to look around a number of stalls in the Market Place including the Royal British Legion Riders Branch who will be displaying their bikes and promoting the Royal British legion and the Poppy Appeal.
Chris Traill, strategic director of neighbourhoods and community wellbeing at the Council, said: “We are proud to support our Armed Forces, veterans and their families and we hope people will come along and enjoy the day.
“There will be something for everyone and we feel it is important to recognise the dedication and commitment shown by our military personnel.”
The military vehicles will be brought along by the 158 Royal Logistics Corp Regiment, 203 Loughborough Transport Squadron, and will be in the Market Place on the day. The regiment is part of the Army Reserve Transport Regiment which is based across the East of England and provides transport support for 7 Regiment, The Royal Logistics Corps.
This year the Council will be unveiling its first Charnwood Heritage Plaque at the Army Reserve Centre in Leicester Road, Loughborough thanking the regiment for its contribution to the town.
To mark the centenary of the end of World War One, there will be a special one-day art installation in Market Place.
The ‘Tommy’ installation will see 100 military boots that have been planted with poppies by the local community, displayed in Market Place, alongside a silhouette of a WW1 soldier.
The boots used in the installation have been donated by the 32 Regiment Royal Artillery (The Wessex Gunners) and members of the Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club.
Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces will take place between 10am and 4pm.
For more information about the Council’s Armed Forces Covenant, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/support_af
On Monday June 25, at 10am, the Union flag will be raised at Loughborough Town Hall to mark Armed Forces Day. The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Christine Harris, will attend and there will be a short service.