Wakefield’s biggest ever Armed Forces Day event announced

The Rifles exercise the Freedom by marching through the City.
The Rifles exercise the Freedom by marching through the City.

The sacrifice made by members of the armed forces is to be recognised at a major event at Nostell Priory.

Wakefield Council chiefs have teamed up with the National Trust run stately home to organise Armed Forces Day.

The event on Saturday, June 29, is set to be Wakefield district’s biggest ever event to support serving and veteran members of the armed forces and their families.

Coun Sandra Pickin, local Royal British Legion branch secretary for a decade and now Wakefield Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “The Armed forces do a really hard job. We have seen eight soldiers from this district die in Afghanistan since 2009 and many, many more injured.

“This is the biggest event we have ever organised in the district for Armed Forces Day and comes at the end of national Armed Forces Week. It will be a public show of respect for what they do and what they sacrifice, some of them paying the ultimate price for fighting for their country.

“This event is about saying thank you to them and to their families in a big public show of solidarity – a full day of marching bands, stalls and displays and family entertainment that will people together.”

Lord St Oswald of Nostell Priory, said: “This is about making people aware of what is happening to British servicemen and women in Afghanistan and around the world.

“It is a major event for Nostell Priory and I hope it will be a real demonstration of public pride and respect, as well as a very enjoyable day.”