Spitfire flyover will honour our armed forces

Ivan Routledge with his son James  in front of a Spitfire.
Ivan Routledge with his son James in front of a Spitfire.

A fly past by a Royal Air Force Spitfire will help celebrate Wakefield’s Armed Forces day at Pontefract racecourse this weekend.

This year is the RAF’s centeninal meaning the flyover will bring extra significance to the day.

The display will be performed by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Armed forces day recognises the work of past and present service personnel.

It began in 2009 and has grown in popularity each year.

Local armed forces groups, emergency services, veteran groups and community groups will all be taking part on Saturday, June 16.

Other main attractions include police dog trials by West Yorkshire Police and a bird of prey show by Owl Adventures.

For younger visitors there will be a giant slide, bouncy castle, climbing towers assault course, face point and paintballing.

Coun Sandra Pickin, armed forces champion said: ‘It is a day to recognise the services. A chance to say thank you to them and their families too.’

The celebrations will begin at the racecourse at 10am and finish at 6pm on Saturday.

Entrance and parking is free of charge.

Councillor Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: ‘The celebrations this year will be a great opportunity to show appreciation for the vital work our armed forces do.

‘With a fun filled programme of activities taking place throughout the day, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Please come along and show your support.’

Hemsworth will also be marking the occasion with a flag raising ceremony at the memorial on Monday, June 25 at 10.15am.

Two pupils and a teacher from each of the local schools have also been invited to attend.

Afterwards there will be refreshments provided in the community centre.