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Armed Forces Day event to be taken on by council

Posted on - 25th March, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Armed Forces Day parade in the Flag Market Pic: Billy Matthews
The Armed Forces Day parade in the Flag Market Pic: Billy Matthews

One of Preston city centre’s biggest annual events is now to officially receive council support.

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Armed Forces Day has been organised by a number of individuals and organisations in previous years.

Running in late June on the Flag Market the events attracts thousands of visitors to see the military parade and associated events.

Cabinet member for cuture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly has been asked to approve taking the ‘key event’ under the wing of the city council.

A cost of £5,000 is being authorised by the council to take on the event.

The view of Armed Forces Day from the balcony
The view of Armed Forces Day from the balcony

Town centre ward councillor Drew Gale, who steps down in May, began the event.

Cllr Gale has been Armed Forces Champion for the city since the annual event started.

Read more: Pictures show proud Preston on Armed Forces Day

He said: ​”It’s fantastic the Council has taken on Armed Forces Day as an official event.

“The people of Preston have really embraced it over the last five years with thousands turning out in support of our Armed Forces every year.

“Council funding is something I campaigned for internally for a number of years, but understood that with huge government cuts to Preston’s budget it was difficult to find the money and thus I spent most of the year sourcing funding and sponsorship in order to put on the event.

“I am sure the events team and new Armed Forces Champion Robert Boswell will put on a great day, and I am really looking forward to attending as a guest and just enjoying the day for once with out the stress of actually running it.”

Armed Forces Day this year is on Saturday 29 June.

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