15 June 2015

A parade, live music, displays and 1940s-themed activities will be among the attractions at Armed Forces and Veterans Day, taking place in Sheffield city centre on Saturday 20 June.

The veterans will gather from 11.30am in Norfolk Row before the parade begins at 11.50am, taking in Norfolk Row, Fargate, Town Hall Square and the Peace Gardens.

The parade will then be followed with a ceremony from 12noon in the Peace Gardens, led by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, councillor Talib Hussain.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Our annual Armed Forces and Veterans Day is always popular with people of all ages, and gives communities from Sheffield and beyond the chance to show their support for serving officers and veterans from all conflicts.

“Young people will be able to see displays, find out more about cadets and the armed forces and also get involved with interactive activities, while perhaps the older generations will be more interested in dancing up a storm to the sounds of Ashby Big Band and the Singing Major.

“I hope that families will come into Sheffield city centre on Saturday for what is sure to be a very special event.”

The Ashby Big Band will play from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 2.20pm to 3.20pm, performing swing tunes such as Glenn Miller classics.

Major Keith Tomlinson – aka the Singing Major – will entertain the crowds from 1.40pm to 2.10pm and from 3.30pm to 4pm, performing a selection of swing and dance classics. Major Tomlinson will be a familiar face to many, as he is the senior army careers advisor for South Yorkshire and has been based at Sheffield’s Army Careers Office.

From 11am and 4pm, the armed forces and reserve services will be in Fargate giving a series of displays and demonstrations. Members of the public are invited to join in and test their hand-to-eye co-ordination and agility, while people can also find out more about the armed forces by meeting representatives from the forces, the reserve forces, local military organisations and cadets.

Between 12noon and 3pm, people can step back in time with “make do and mend” activities in the Winter Garden. Find out more about 1940s life, learn how things had to be repaired and reused, and also find out about Sheffield City Council’s commitment to the Community Covenant, the city’s pledge of support to military personnel and veterans.

First signed in Sheffield in November 2011, the Community Covenant ensures that services:

  • recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community
  • share knowledge, experience and expertise to provide help and advice to members of the Armed Forces Community
  • encourage the integration from service life into civilian life

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Those who serve our country risk their lives and wellbeing to protect our freedom, and, together with their families, they play a vital role in our community.

“As a city we must do all we can to support them. We must ensure that local services such as housing, education and social care are appropriate to support the needs of the local Armed Forces community. Having the Community Covenant does just that.”

To find out more about the Community Covenant visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/armedforces