Armed Forces Day
Wrexham preparing to welcome armed forces during this special commemorative year.
Wrexham Council is extending a warm invitation to armed forces personnel, past, future and present to attend the North Wales Armed Forces Day to be held in Wrexham town centre on 21 June.
Cllr David Griffiths, Armed Forces Champion, said:
"We are all looking forward to welcoming serving and former members of the armed forces and their families into the town centre for a celebration of our armed services and to recognise the sacrifices they and their families have made in their service to their country. Wrexham has a long and very proud tradition of supporting the armed forces and I know that all visitors and their families will receive a very warm welcome on the day."
Plans for the day include the Army and RAF Corps of Drums marching onto the green to mark the start of the formalities of the day. They will be playing for the crowds whilst they await a parade which will leave Hightown Barracks led by the Royal Welsh Band at 11.30 into the town centre where a Drumhead service will take place followed by British and Welsh anthems. The Armed Forces Day Flag will be formally handed over to next year's event host, Conwy Council. The formalities will then be followed by an afternoon of entertainment on Llwyn Isaf Green and Queen's Square.
Entertainment already confirmed are circus acts from Circus Malabaristas including jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon modellers, giant games and a circus workshop.
There will be free facepainting available for the younger ones, musical entertainment from the Rhos Male Voice Choir and the County Youth Band will also be playing during the afternoon.
The RAF have confirmed that a static Griffin helicopter will be flown for the occasion and a Spitfire will fly over during the day. A military village including vehicles and a climbing wall have also been confirmed. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly overhead during the afternoon and there are plans for two RAF Hawks to fly over during the parade into town.
The event starts at 10.00 am and the parade will leave the barracks at 11.30 and arrive in the town centre at 12 noon.
The event is free to attend.
Road signage will be in place on all main routes into the town to advise those travelling to the event to use town centre car parks.
There are also excellent rail and bus links into the town centre.
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North Wales Armed Forces Day will take place on June 21 in Wrexham town centre. Arrangements are still in the early stages but a day of family entertainment is planned with organisers aiming to provide most activities for free. Something for all ages.
There will be a parade from the barracks to The Guildhall and a service on Llwyn Isaf.