Salford is set to pay tribute to heroes as part of Armed Forces Week 2017.
Armed Forces Week takes place from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June and is a celebration for people to offer their appreciation and support for men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, armed service personnel, reservists and cadets who have served their country.
The celebrations start from 10.30am on Monday 19 June at Salford Civic Centre where Councillor Peter Connor, the ceremonial mayor of Salford, will lead a short ceremony on the town hall steps to mark the start of the week. The armed forces flag will be raised outside and will continue to fly until Sunday 25 June.
On Saturday 24 June Salford’s armed forces parade will travel along Parrin Lane from 10.30am, along Worsley Road and Dover Street before finishing at the Winton Festival in Winton Park. Winton Festival runs from 11am to 4pm for a day of family fun including music, children’s activities and tea, coffee and homemade cake served by the Land Girl dressed Salford Women’s Institute.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “The nations armed forces community defend our country with unmatched skill and devotion, and continue to keep us all safe to build a better world for all our children in such troubled times.
“We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of our armed forces. They are the ultimate protectors of our peace and security and indeed of our whole way of life.
“There are few families who are not touched in some way by our armed forces and what all of us recognise is that those who serve stand for honour and sacrifice; they put themselves after others; their country before self. They have our respect, admiration and gratitude.”
Notes: There may be some slight disruption to traffic on Saturday 24 June, especially on roads near to Parrin Lane and Worsley Road, so people are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.