Southport Armed Forces Day 2024

Southport Armed Forces Day 2024

The Atkinson Salutes The Armed Forces

Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity to thank the Armed Forces community for their work and to learn more about life in the Armed Forces.

Come along in your period vintage uniform or vintage civilian dress on the day, we would love to see you.

Foyer, 10am – 4pm

Find out about the centenary of the the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and history of 611 Squadron in a new exhibition.

View the Royal British Legion portrait exhibition ‘Face to Face’ by photographer Dave Brown.

Take part in a free camouflage netting workshop with Nina Karetska and Vita Mahlovana.

Chat to different military charities and services including ‘Veterans in Sefton’ and ‘Forces Employment Charity’.

Discover accurate and professional living history displays from Axis-Allied (AX-AL) WW1 and WW2 re-enactment group.

Artist Tony Bramham will present a selection of his oil paintings and large scale pencil drawings on the subject of military history.

Find out how you can support the important work of The Atkinson Development Trust.

The Box Office and Shop will also be open.

Art Gallery, 10am – 4pm

1:30pm – Free talk. The history of RAF Woodvale with Neil Blair MBE.

In the Philip Connard exhibition you can see works on loan from Imperial War Museums. Connard became a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery soon after enlisting in the Army in 1915. By the following year he was suffering severely from shell shock after serving on the front line at the Battle of the Somme. After a short spell back in London working with a camouflage unit, he was recruited as an Official War Artist by the Navy.

Café, 10am – 4pm

A Great Little Place will be open to serve great coffee and delicious fresh food.

Outside The Atkinson

10.30am – Drumhead service at Southport War Memorial
11.00am – Military Parade
12.00pm – Pipers

Throughout the day numerous exhibitors, vendors and attractions will be open in the Town Hall Gardens. Find out more about the activity outside The Atkinson here:

The Atkinson is usually closed on Sundays.
The building will partially open for this special event.
Southport Library and the Museum remain closed on this day. 

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About Armed Forces Day

Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

They have also been a critical source of training, weaponry and non-lethal aid for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as troops have fought to defend their country following Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion.

Posted on 29 June 2024 under General news

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