City displays will mark Armed Forces Day

Guests at last year's Armed Forces Day drumhead service at Lancaster Priory.
Guests at last year's Armed Forces Day drumhead service at Lancaster Priory.

ARMED Forces Day will be celebrated in the centre of Lancaster this weekend.

Lancaster Military Heritage Group has organised events in Market Square on Saturday, June 30.

Displays will be given by the drums of Lancashire Army Cadet Force and a heroes’ draw will be made at 3pm by the Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Sheila Denwood, a former chairman of the group.

The draw, for which cadets will be selling tickets in the city centre, is in aid of Help 4 Heroes and BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association.

The top prize is £250 and other prizes include meals for four at Thurnham Hall and Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District.

“This will be an opportunity for people to show their support for the Armed Forces and provide funds for the care of returning wounded servicemen,” said Brian Jefferson, treasurer of the military heritage group.

The Mayor, accompanied by members of the group, attended a flag-raising ceremony to promote Armed Forces Day at Lancaster Town Hall on Monday.

The Deputy Mayor, Coun Robert Redfern, attended a similar event at Morecambe Town Hall.