The Bay Team was recently invited to join in with the Lancaster Armed Forces Day within The Historic Lancaster Castle. Militery display, parades demonstrations, vehicles, costumes, uniforms and all manner of military equipment were on display. Everyone was invited to take part either jumping in the various WW2 vehicles, trying on uniforms and having a go at the Army's (very high) climbing wall !
Lancaster Military Heritage Group hosted the event, and here's some information from their website; www.lmhg.org
Lancaster Military Heritage Group were formed in 1999 after yet another Defence Review! The diminishing significance of the Armed Forces in the Lancaster District, and the growing gulf between the military and the public understanding led Major General Nigel St George Gribbon to propose the founding of a group to bridge this divide.
The aims of the Group are: To maintain and develop the historical links between the Armed Forces, their supporting civilian services and the local community in the City and District of Lancaster.
The aim is achieved through a programme of lectures, presentations, social functions, visits, newsletters, publications etc. Successes since 2012 have been the Armed Forces Day programmes in Lancaster including raffles which raised funds for Help4Heroes, the charity Hounds for Heroes, and the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association (BLESMA) and Combat Stress. During Armed Forces Day 2014 on 28th June, we will be raising funds for the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Families Association (SSAFA) and Combat Stress. We will also continue to run the hugely succesful tri-service cadet competitions at Halton Training Camp which benefits cadets of all three Services.
LMHG also sponsors the website lancasterwarmemorials.org.uk which showcases the work of Brigadier Jim Dennis in recording this important database of information, originally conceived as a millenium project and currently being used to support our next important contribution.
Ford Bridge both ways closed due to emergency repairs at Bridge Street.