This Saturday is Armed Forces Day. It is a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Posted on Friday 29 June 2018 by James Pilkington

There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event. 

For Bolton this meant that the Armed Forces Day flag was raised over the town hall on Monday morning in a service led by the Vicar of Bolton and attended by the council leadership and military personnel. 

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday of June every year. 

Events in Bolton begin in Victoria Square at 10.40am with Bolton Sea Cadets raising their ensign. There be a short service led by the Mayor and attended by the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, 216 Battery Bolton Artillery, Bolton United Services Veterans Association, other veteran organisations and Bolton's Combined Forces Cadets. 

Local voluntary and armed forces organisations will have stalls and exhibitions and there will also be an inflatable football stadia and lots of children's activities, and as ever Bolton FM will be in attendance. 

The day will end with a short ceremony to lower the flag and closing speeches at 2.45pm. 

Saturday also marks 50 years to the day when the last steam locomotive puffed out of Bolton loco sheds on Crescent Road, Great Lever. Bolton FM will also be at the community gala at Bolton train station and interchange, there'll be stalls, live music, street theatre and a showcase of Bolton's new trains. 

Hope to see you there.