Two very different fighter aircraft will welcome the Paralympic Flame when it arrives at Fulwood Barracks for the annual Preston Military Show.
A Second World War Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will mark the occasion by flying above the Watling Street Road barracks followed just minutes later by a Eurofighter Typhoon.
The Preston Military Show is the largest display by the Armed Forces in the North West and involves soldiers and cadets from Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.
In 2011, around 8,000 spectators attended and organisers are hoping for a similar turn-out this year as Preston welcomes the Paralympic Flame in the city’s landmark Guild year.
The Flame, part of the Paralympic Torch relay, will be escorted into Fulwood Barracks by injured and sick soldiers from 42 (NW) Brigade’s Personnel Recovery Unity and disability sports personalities.
It will be held on display at the barracks throughout the day.
The 2012 Preston Military Show includes a range of youth activities which are open to the public including archery and an aerial rope slide.
There will be displays by the Royal Artillery Black Knights parachute display team and The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. There will also be the traditional sunset ceremony.
Brigadier Nick Fitzgerald, Commander of 42 (NW) Brigade, said: “We’re particularly looking forward to welcoming members of the public to this year’s Preston Military Show.
“Not only does it take place in Guild year but we are also hosting the Paralympic Flame.
“Young servicemen and women from our region are currently on duty in a variety of roles from Afghanistan to the London 2012 Olympics.
“Wherever they are, they look back home for encouragement and we’re continually grateful for the support they receive.
“The Preston Military Show is one small way we can saying thank you to the North West for its commitment to our servicemen and women.
“We are very excited at the prospect of welcoming visitors on August 25 to what I hope will be an educational and fun free day out.”
The Preston Military Show takes place on Saturday, August 25, at Fulwood Barracks. It will include representatives of all three armed forces services.
The Spitfitre fly-past is due to take place at 12.50pm.
The Beating of the Retreat and military band concert takes place at 6pm.