Armed Forces Day aims to bring 20,000 people to Preston

Big attraction: Last year's Armed Forces Day celebrations
Big attraction: Last year's Armed Forces Day celebrations
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This year’s Armed Forces Day is set to be even bigger and better than the last, according to organisers.

Provisional details of the celebration have been released, including a possible homecoming parade, military tanks, and a fly-over.

And more than 20,000 people are expected to flock to the city, almost doubling last year’s number of visitors.

Preston’s armed forces champion Coun Drew Gale said: “Armed Forces Day is about showing an appreciation for the armed forces family.

“Not just the servicemen but for the veterans and their families as well.

“We will have a significant number of soldiers in the city on the day, and we want them to have a good day.”

Preston’s Armed Forces Day is due to take place on July 11, and plans are already well under way.

It is hoped that there will be a freedom or homecoming parade, followed by a service of remembrance.

Organisers are planning exhibitions and stalls, as well as different forms of entertainment.

Coun Gale said: “We are also looking again to put on a wrestling show to close our event, as it was so popular last year and attracted up to 4,000 people.

“We are also looking to partner with Fulwood Barracks and have a lot more military representation present.

“We want to double the number of visitors. Last year we got 12,000 and we want to go above 20,000.

“We want it to be the north’s premier Armed Forces Day event, and we want people from all over the country to attend.”

Organisers are looking for people interested in performing to get in touch with Coun Gale on 07751747449.