Plymouth Armed Forces Day returning with an exciting programme

Plymouth’s spectacular Armed Forces Day, in association with Babcock, will return to Plymouth Hoe this summer after a two year absence due to the pandemic.


The exciting programme for the event has been revealed following a launch today (17 March) hosted by 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery at the Royal Citadel. Captain Chris Morris presented the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Terri Beer, with the Armed Forces Day flag before a ceremonial firing of the gun from the Citadel’s battlements.



The hugely popular, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday 25 June. This year’s line-up will see audiences wowed by the all-day arena and stage programme, interactive displays, military vehicles and equipment and parades.


There’s lots of live music to enjoy too, including a free evening concert headlined by ‘From The Specials’, starring Neville Staple who’s famous for his 2-Tone legacy.


Councillor Mark Deacon, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Culture, Leisure and Sport at Plymouth City Council, said: “Armed Forces Day is not only a brilliant day out filled with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, but also a hugely important opportunity for the people of Plymouth to show support for all members of the Armed Forces and their families, and to thank them for their hard work and dedication.


“Plymouth is incredibly proud of its military history and there’s much to celebrate this year. It was very fitting to host the launch at the Royal Citadel as this year the Commando Gunners will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with a parade through the city centre in May.”


Paul Watson, Managing Director of Babcock’s Devonport facility, said: “Babcock has been proudly supporting Plymouth Armed Forces Day for many years and we are delighted that it is returning in June. This event is a great way to formally recognise the crucial work of our Armed Forces and provides visitors with an important insight into what they do, both in the UK and more widely across the globe.”


Captain Chris Morris, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, said:

“It is a great privilege for 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery to launch the Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2022. The support that we, the military community, receive from the people of Plymouth is really important to us and we are all extremely grateful for everything that the City does to make us feel so welcome and valued.”


Armed Forces Day will start with the RAF and Allied Air Forces Memorial Service at 9.10am, followed by the main activities beginning at 10am. The Parade of Standards, which is open to all veterans, will see veterans and cadets parade across the Hoe Promenade at 11am.


There’s plenty to experience throughout the day. Visitors can chat to service personnel, with representatives from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and British Army all in attendance. They’ll be hosting activities, displays and military vehicles in their own specific ‘villages’. Members of the Fire Service, Devon and Cornwall Police, Coastguard Rescue Service and Dartmoor Search and Rescue will also be there on the day.


More than 70 organisations and charities will be represented within the Veterans’ Village, sponsored by the Royal British Legion, offering support and advice as well as information from training providers.


To mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, there will be a dedicated Falklands veterans’ parade, with any veteran that was involved in the conflict invited to join.


The arena programme promises plenty of entertainment and thrills, with the Devonport Services Rugby Team showing off their skills, Field Gun tournaments and displays from local cadets and the City of Plymouth Pipe Band.


The entertainment continues into the evening with a free music concert, sponsored by C&G Catering, taking place on stage from 5pm to 10.30pm. Enjoy performances from:

  • Military Wives Choir

  • Ocean City Sound Barbershop chorus

  • Local powerhouse duo Roulette

  • Absolutely Elton, an outstanding tribute to Sir Elton John

  • From The Specials – The Neville Staple band

More acts are also set to be announced soon.


This year the Rehabilitation Triathlon, hosted by the Royal Marines, will also take place in Plymouth for the first time ever on Thursday 23 June. This tough competition will see outstanding tri-service athletes take part in a swim in Tinside Lido, cycle time trials across the Hoe and a static rowing challenge before crossing the finish line. Registration is open for any veterans that wish to take part.


For all the latest information about Armed Forces Day, visit plymoutharmedforcesday.co.uk.

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