Armed Forces Flag flying above Oldham Civic Centre Published: Thursday, 23rd June 2022

Annual Armed Forces Week celebrations, which are taking place across Oldham this week, began with a flag raising at Oldham Civic Centre on Monday 20 June.  

Culminating in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June, the week of celebrations are a chance for residents to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Armed Forces Day takes place annually on the last Saturday of June and provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Leader of Oldham Council, paid tribute to British service people: “Oldham has a strong armed forces heritage, and as a council, we’re proud of our men and women who serve in the armed forces.

“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show our gratitude and honour our entire armed forces community. I look forward to seeing many residents enjoying the planned activities on Saturday.”

Here in Oldham, the Armed Forces flag will be flown above the Civic Centre from Monday 20 to Monday 27 June. There will also be several events hosted by our Royal British Legion branches across the borough.

Lees will be celebrating on Saturday 25 June, from 12.30pm, with live music from the Harper Brothers, a Freddie Mercury tribute act, and Spark. There’ll also be a Lads and Lasses boat race, and Tri Services bush tucker trial. Money raised will go towards the Poppy Appeal. Join them at 1 Princess Street, OL4 5AG.

Royton’s Royal British Legion branch will be hosting a fun filled event at Rochdale Road’s Halfway House on Saturday 25 June, 12–5pm. Open to all, and with no entry charge, there will be music, face painting, a raffle and cake. The day will give local residents the opportunity to get together with our Armed Forces and their families to celebrate and say thank you for their dedication and service to our town. 

Oldham Council is already signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, which encourages local communities to support services that help integrate armed forces personnel back into civilian life. The council also helps to develop and support the Armed Forces community and ensure that military personnel do not face any disadvantage as a result of their service.

Residents can also show their support, by changing their social media background, downloading bunting, or even hosting virtual quizzes and BBQs. Resources are available on the Armed Forces Day website.

Use the hashtags #SaluteOurForces and #ArmedForcesDay when posting online to show us how you’re marking the day.

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