Posted on 18/04/2018 by David
Excitingly, the 2018 National Armed Forces Day celebration will be held in Queen of Welsh Resorts, lovely Llandudno! The event, which will also be the tenth Armed Forces Day, will be supported by the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with the Welsh Government and Conwy Borough Council.
The first National Armed Forces Day was held on 27 June, 2009. The Historic Dockyard Chatham hosted the inaugural event, which was complemented by hundreds of smaller events in towns and cities across the UK.
The event is celebrated nationally, but Llandudno has the honour of welcoming up to 250,000 additional visitors to the town for the special day this year, which falls on Saturday, 30 June.
Watch the video marking 100 days until National Armed Forces Day here!
Happening across the county of Conwy between 25 June-1 July, Armed Forces Week will include a flag-raising ceremony, a Reserves’ Day, a gala dinner at Venue Cymru and a spectacular military parade.
Cleethorpes hosted National Armed Forces Day in 2016, boosting the local economy by almost £6 million. Local accomodation and business owners are already preparing themselves for this fantastic start to the summer season!
If you need a place to stay for Armed Forces week, why not take a look at our range of holiday cottages in and around Llandudno?
Thousands of onlookers are expected to attend the military parade, featuring 1,200 service personnel, veterans and cadets. In an extravagant display of bright-buttoned uniforms, booming marching bands and perfect synchronisation, the parade will march along the road adjacent to Llandudno's magnificent promenade, culminating in a salute to a number of special guests and dignitaries gathered outside Venue Cymru.
There will be an events village on the promenade with live music, activities and military displays. Static aircraft and military vehicles will line the prom up to Bodafon Fields to be admired by the masses.
The fun continues on Bodafon Fields where military charities, the SSAFA and the Royal British Legion, will be hosting even more military-themed attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy.
Defence Minister for the Lords, Earl Howe said: “Llandudno represents a superb venue for next year’s celebrations and I’m sure the town will bring together the whole nation in celebrating our Armed Forces."
Councillor Gareth Jones, Leader of Conwy County Borough Council, said: We are proud and privileged to be named as the Host of the National Armed Forces Day in 2018.
"Conwy County has a deep affiliation with the Armed Forces and a strong historical link. Llandudno will be a great destination to showcase the outstanding work of the Armed Forces past and present."
Councillor Liz Roberts tells us more about plans for National Arned Forces Day in video - watch it here.
North Wales has many current and historic links to the Armed Forces, with local troops serving in several Regular and Reserve Army units.
Many North Walians are proud to serve in Wales's own regiment - the Royal Welsh - or work at nearby RAF Valley on Anglesey, home to a fast jet training base. Nearly 10,000 veterans live in Conwy county alone, supported by a network of local and national charities, including Blind Veterans UK and the Soldier's Charity.
Are you a veteran visiting Llandudno for Armed Forces Day? Perhaps you'd like to take part in the Armed Forces Day parade! Veterans from across the country and the Tri-Services are invited by Conwy Council to apply to join the march here.