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Bradford Celebrates Armed Forces Day

A variety of events are being held in the Bradford district to observe Armed Forces Week.
To mark the start of the week the Lord Mayor Coun Abid Hussain will attend an annual flag raising ceremony in Centenary Square, on Monday 19 June at 11am. 
Members of local veterans’ organisations will assemble with their standards, along with members of the public, councillors and council officers. 
At 11am, the Lord Mayor will give a short speech and then the Armed Forces flag will be raised on one of the flagpoles in Centenary Square. 
The week continues with around 60 veterans from across the Bradford district being honoured at a special lunch hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor in the Banqueting Hall in City Hall on Friday 23 June. 
The week will be brought to a close with a special Armed Forces Day drumhead service and concert in Centenary Square and City Park on Saturday 24 June starting at 11am.

The 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron Air Cadet Band will lead a Parade of Standards of the various ex-service associations into City Park to begin the service, where members of the band will build an altar of drums which will be the focal point for this service.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Councillor Abid Hussain, will say a few words of welcome, before Reverend Canon Paul Maybury, Canon Precentor from Bradford Cathedral will lead the service with the support of Jon Howard, Chaplain to the Bradford Sea Cadets.

A reflection will be given by Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Alan Roberts followed by the Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph given by members of the Royal British Legion. The Last Post will be sounded which will be followed the observation of two minute silence.

The service will end with the singing of the National Anthem.

Following the service there will be displays and performances by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps, the band of the West Yorkshire Police and the Revolution Show Corps band.

Bradford District Armed Forces Covenant Partnership along with armed service charities will be hosting stalls as part of the event.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, said: "It is really important that we honour the sacrifices that continue to be made on our behalf by members of our armed forces and their families. I do hope that people come along and show their support by attending these events.”

Keighley Armed Forces Association also will be hosting their 4th annual Armed Forces Day at Marley Fields on Sunday 18 June. The event will a fun filled  day with army stalls, fairground entertainment, archery, assault courses and much more. For more information visit


For more information please contact Alice Marshall in the Council’s Press Office on 01274 433526.