Trust Supports Armed Forces Day

The 25th June marks Armed Forces Day, a national celebration of the UK’s Armed Forces; past, present and future.

It’s being celebrated across the county. The Workington Royal British Legion invites members of the public to celebrate with them from 11am onwards on Pow Street Square in Workington. The day will include a parade, a pipe band display and entertainment from the D Day Darlings.

In Carlisle City Centre celebrations are taking place involving stalls and exhibitions, including a Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life display commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Somme and celebrating Cumbria’s heroes of that battle.

There will also be live music, a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps and parades including serving personnel and local veterans. The day will culminate in a formal flag raising and lowering ceremony, which will be attended by the Mayor of Carlisle Cllr Colin Stothard.

All money collected through the stalls and raffles on the day will be shared between the three Military Cadet formations in Carlisle, more information on the celebrations can be found on the Discover Carlisle website.

Timetable of events:

10am - Stalls and exhibitions open to the public

11am - Cadet Drill competition

1pm - A new Banner for No 1862 (City of Carlisle) Squadron (Carlisle’s Air Cadets) will be presented at a Service in St Cuthbert’s Church and then paraded into the city centre as part of the Squadron’s celebrations.

3.15pm - the Parade of Veterans, Serving Armed Forces Personnel and Sea, Army and Air Cadets Units will form up outside Costa’s in the city centre.

3.20pm - The Parade will then march and will form up outside the Old Town Hall.

3.30pm - City Centre (outside the Old Town Hall) – The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Colin Stothard, will present a Citation of Appreciation to Commanding Officer RAF Speadadam, Wing Commander R I Henderson-Begg.

As an organisation our Trust has signed up to the Military Covenant and we are dedicated to ensuring Military Veterans receive the support that they need. If you are or know of a Military Veteran who is struggling with their mental wellbeing please see our First Step support for helping Military Veterans with common mental health problems.

The Armed Forces Day Somme 100 roadshow will help people find out more about the campaign of 1916 and allows visitors to handle some original WW1 objects as well as providing them with assistance in researching WW1 ancestors. It will also encourage people to contribute to future community displays commemorating the battle and find out more about the Somme poppy arts project.
More information about the project can be found on the Cumbrian Museum of Military Life website.

The celebrations in Carlisle has been organised by a large working party of military organisations, including the Royal British Legion with support from Carlisle City Council.