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DETAILS REGARDING THE 2015 ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATIONS
Forces Festival and Community Games
Bedford International Athletic Stadium is to
host a very special event in support of Armed Forces
Charity SSAFA on Saturday 22nd
timetable and further information (PDF - 1MB)
The stadium, famous for world record-breaking
achievements, will provide the backdrop for a spectacular
celebration, honouring our armed forces with a range of sporting
activities, music and games.
Starting at 11am, with an official flag
raising ceremony, everyone is invited to hit the ground running,
jumping, wheeling and buggy pushing in a community fun run. Of
course help is also needed to cheer on the plucky participants. The
run will be held over a distance of 1964 metres (The date the Royal
Anglian regiment was formed) and all those who complete the
distance will be given a special souvenir certificate.
If you still have any energy left after the
run armed forces staff will be holding Military Fitness Tests, so
you can challenge friends, family and the forces themselves.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“This fantastic event builds on the promises we made signing last
years Armed Forces Covenant supporting the military and ex military
personnel in our community. We really have got something for
everyone, from sporting challenges and children’s activities, to
rousing music. Not only does it provide an opportunity to have a
great day out, but you’ll also be helping to make a difference to
the lives of members of the armed forces and their families.”
From 11am, supporters can come and try sports
and activity sessions around the stadium. Sessions taking place
- Walking Football
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Table Tennis
- Team and individual challenges
The packed programme continues with further
family activities including a climbing wall, bouncy castle for
children and the return of the 100m sprint challenge which proved
popular at last year’s Live Site event.
Around the stadium, stalls will also provide a
range of refreshments, face painting, fairground entertainment and
details of local sporting opportunities. Information will also be
available about the important work that SSAFA carries out and the
difference the support from those attending will make.
Music will also feature, with classics played
by the Bedford Town Band.
The event will finish at 5pm with a
traditional ‘beating the retreat’ closure.
Entry will be available throughout the day
with refreshment stalls throughout the Stadium, but supporters are
invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy the day whether as a
spectator or participant.