Armed Forces Day celebrations under way

All three services were involved in a dynamic abseil, boat and road manoeuvre today as the Armed Forces Day flag was carried across Llandudno Bay and raised on the promenade.

Llandudno will lead the nation in saying thank you to our Servicemen and women when it hosts the national Armed Forces Day celebrations this Saturday (30).

The day begins at 11am with an impressive military parade of marching bands, Service personnel, cadets and veterans from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. The parade will begin at the Llandudno War Memorial and will travel down the sea front by road to Bodafon Fields.

The day will also include dazzling displays in the sky from the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Typhoons. On the promenade and in Bodafon Fields, there will be exciting exhibits, including helicopters, tanks, simulators, armoured vehicles, diving tanks, and dynamic displays from the RAF Falcons, Royal Marines and Cadet Forces.

HMS Somerset, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, will be anchored in Llandudno Bay between the Great Orme and the Little Orme and will mark the start of the parade with a gun salute at sea.

Key timings and parade information:

  • 10am – Military village in Bodafon Fields open to the public
  • 11am – A Gun Salute will be fired from HMS Somerset to signal the official start of the Armed Forces Day parade. HMS Somerset will be anchored in Llandudno Bay.
  • 11am – Parade steps off from Memorial Hall, Llandudno
  • Approx 11.06am – HRH The Princess Royal will receive the Royal Salute. The Saluting Dias will be directly outside Venue Cymru.
  • 12.00pm – RAF Red Arrows air display
  • 12.25pm - RAF Battle of Britain Memorial air display
  • 12.47pm – RAF Typhoon air display
  • 1pm to 5pm – Various dynamic displays will take place in the Arena in Bodafon fields