Firepower and fun at show to mark end of operations

Photo Neil Cross'Preston Military Show at Fulwood Barracks
Photo Neil Cross'Preston Military Show at Fulwood Barracks
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The end of British combat operations in Afghanistan will be marked this weekend at the Preston Military Show.

The free event, running from 12.30pm on Saturday at Fulwood Barracks, will feature a display of several of the vehicles British servicemen and women have used in the war zone.

There will be a Jackal, a mobile weapons platform, a Mastiff, a heavily-armoured 6x6 wheel-drive troop carrier, and a Foxhound, which has a v-shaped hull to protect against explosives.

The vehicles will be joined by a Challenger 2 main battle tank and a Multi Launch Rocket System that visitors can inspect.

Soldiers of the 2nd battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) which, this time last year was serving in Afghanistan, will also perform a demonstration of the Infantry skills they use in battle.

Brigadier Chris Coles, Commander of 42 (NW) Brigade, said: “I took up this post in December, so this is the first Preston Military Show to take place under my command, and I’m hugely excited at being involved.

“The show is a way for us in the military to show our thanks for all the support that we receive from communities across Lancashire and the North West.

“It will be a fun, free day out and we very much look forward to welcoming families into Fulwood Barracks – the home of the Army in the North West.”

Another highlight will be The Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team who will perform a stunt show involving flaming obstacles and pyramid formation motorbike riding.

There will also be an inflatable assault course, a penalty shoot-out, a tug-of-war competition, as well as displays and exhibits by BAe Sysytems, including a life size Typhoon aircraft cockpit. There will also be several displays by military bands.

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.

Last year around 6,000 spectators attended and organisers are hoping for a similar turn-out this weekend.