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  • Packed programme for all family at veterans’ armed forces fun weekend

    Henry James

    THERE was a packed programme for all the family at this year's Skelmersdale Veterans' Association's Military Armed Forces Fun Weekend.

    The event was held at Blaguegate playing fields on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.

    Among the guests of honour at the event was the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Charles Kay-Shuttleworth who attended the event on the Sunday and spoke about the importance of veterans' groups.

    Visitors to the event were able to see military themed exhibits from the Military Trust Vehicle Display, who brought along a number of different vehicles and equipment.

    Army Reservists Units and the Royal British Legion had stands, young people could sit in a fire engine, and there was a motorcycle and trike scooter show.

    Other highlights included: reenactments from Historia Normannis, an Armed Forces Village, trade stalls, a tombola and a climbing wall.

    Tea and coffee, beer and ice creams were also provided.

    Alan Lewis, the chairman of Skelmersdale Veterans' Association, said: “I was pleased to be able to support this event, which as well as being fun, also carries a strong message. It is an opportunity to show our support to the Armed Forces.

    “This year's Armed Forces Weekend was a spectacular and colourful event, with an exciting and packed programme for the whole family to enjoy to get involved with it.

    “We would like to thank Lord and Lady Shuttleworth for giving their weekend to support the association and our Armed Forces Weekend. They told me that they enjoyed walking round and visiting all the stall holders.

    “The association would like to thank a number of firms that supported our event. They included: Skelmersdale Taxis, Walkers crisps, Hotter shoes, Procter and Gamble, and Skelmersdale Action for Youth. We also want to thank West Lancashire Borough Council and Skelmersdale Police for their support.”

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