Spotlight on Plymouth for Armed Forces Day, with Red Arrows set to perform
FOR the second time this year preparations are under way for a major event to be hosted in the city.
All eyes will be on Plymouth in less than one month's time for National Armed Forces Day on June 30.
Celebrations will be taking place across Britain to honour the Armed Forces, but the spotlight will be on us as this year's host city.
A packed day of family friendly activities will be taking place on The Hoe including military displays on land, sea and air, as well as an appearance from the Red Arrows – all expected to draw thousands of visitors to the city.
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One of the highlights of the day for visitors will be the unique opportunity to go on board the Royal Navy operational warship HMS Argyll, and get an idea of what life is like for naval forces while at sea.
Lieutenant Commander Bob Evans, of the Devonport-based ship, said: "I'm very excited that we are able to offer visits on board HMS Argyll – it's not every day the public are welcomed onboard an operational warship and it will be a really eye-opening experience to see what it's like for the men and women who serve on the ship and often are living on it for months at a time.
"Places on the trips are limited, so I would strongly advise people to book their tickets now to avoid disappointment."
The ship, which has been deployed to Sierra Leone and the Middle East, will be open to visitors from 9.30am to 11.30am, with boats to the ship departing every half hour.
Tickets are available now, completely free of charge, from the Barbican Tourist Information Centre and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Michael Wright added: "Plymouth has a rich and proud maritime heritage going back centuries so it is a great honour for us to be hosting the Armed Forces Day National Event.
"We've got a packed programme of activity lined up to mark the occasion, which will give the public a chance to meet both serving members of the forces and military veterans, find out more about what they do and get up close to and perhaps into some of the most impressive military equipment around."
It has been organised by Plymouth City Council and sponsored by Babcock International.
For updates about the Armed Forces Day national event in Plymouth and the full schedule for the day visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/armedforcesweek.
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