Swindon Family Funday celebrates Armed Forces
Swindon is doing its bit for Armed Forces Day with a Family Funday in Swindon town centre and at Faringdon Road Park, packed with activities on between11am and 4pm on Saturday, with the event being opened by Paramount Parachute Display Team.
Armed Forces Day is a national event, which recognises the work of all of Britain’s Armed Forces and many events are being held all over the country to celebrate this.
The Family Funday is the centrepiece of a week of celebrations in the town, which have included a Fly the Flag Ceremony and Veterans Badge Ceremony all organised by inSwindon. All activities are free (except fairground rides) but visitors are invited to make donations to Forces charities that are in attendance on the day.
During the day, there will be free events in the town centre with activities at Wharf Green, including Rapid Fire Pole, Jousting and a Bucking Bottle. Along Canal Walk will be face painters and a caricaturist and at The Parade will be Mad Pete with his wacky ways.
Faringdon Road Park features stalls and static displays from various military representatives including RAFA, SSAFA, the Royal Yeomanry to name only a few. There will also be free activities including Laser Clay, Laser Tag, Gyroscope, Dunk Tank, Water Wars and One-on-One Bungee.
The main arena will be the landing zone for the parachute display and will also feature the It’s a Knock Out competition with local schools and businesses taking part. A cultural dance featuring a kukhri knife from the Swindon Nepalese Association, and live music from Mercury and Eliott Watling.
Simon Jackson, chief executive of inSwindon, said: “We are delighted to do our bit to support Armed Forces Day, and there is lots to do for all the family. We know local people feel strongly about supporting our Armed Forces, and we are confident they are going to help us make it a day to remember and support us future Armed Forces Events.
"We’re very excited about the parachute display team opening the event as well as the fly past from RAF Lyneham, it shows the support we have from local military to help put events such as these on.”
What is Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day celebrates the past, present and future of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. It is “an opportunity for the nation to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to recruits.”
For more information, see www.armedforcesday.org.uk