Call to arms to support this year’s forces celebrations

Military day: The flag raising ceremony during last year's Armed Forces Day in Preston
Military day: The flag raising ceremony during last year's Armed Forces Day in Preston
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Preparations for a celebration of the region’s military are under way ahead of this year’s Armed Forces Day.

The party, hoped to become “Preston’s biggest event” will take place in June, and plans are already taking shape.

Organisers hope to transform the city’s Flag Market with live music, fair ground rides, and even a live wrestling show, and are asking entertainers to get involved.

Coun Drew Gale, member champion for armed forces, said: “Preston people know how to throw a party and we want to do that in honour of our armed forces.”

He described the last Armed Forces Day as a “sombre occasion” and said: “It should really be a celebration of our armed forces - we want to get the people of Preston out to celebrate.

“There will be plenty to see and do and there will be various forms of entertainment.

“We hope to have military bands and military choir singers.”

Coun Gale said Steve Fludder, of Preston City Wrestling, had agreed to put on a wrestling show as a tribute to the troops, which he hoped would attract “hundreds of people”.

He said: “There is a commercial aspect for the town - it will bring people in and everybody will be having a good time.”

The event is due to be held on June 28, between about 10am and 5pm.

Coun Gale said: “It is a celebration of our military, that’s the whole premise I’m working on and especially for our young people.

“We just want people to come down to the city centre and have a good time in honour of our military.

“It could become Preston’s biggest event in years to come.”

He asked anyone who may like to contribute to contact him on 07751747449.