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City to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Castle Square will be the focus for Swansea's celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

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A marching band, military displays, music and a ceremonial flag-raising ceremony will all be part of the free event which starts at 10am.

June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council's Armed Forces Champion, said: "This is the ninth annual Armed Forces Day celebration - a day to honour the contribution and commitment the armed services make to our country.

"There are many men and women from this area who are part of the armed forces risking their lives for their country in a wide range of roles. 

"It is an opportunity to come together to raise public awareness of their commitment and sacrifice. It is a debt we can't repay, but we can show them our support."

From 10am there will be stands, military vehicles and an inflatable football area provided by 157 Regt RLC, 105 Regt REME, 3 Royal Welsh, Army Benevolent Fund, Royal British Legion, Army Cadet Corps, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Army Careers Centre and Saafa Stage performances will begin from 10.20am with rising stars from Loud Applause Productions and Dancerama.

The flag raising ceremony will be held just before 11am.  Following the ceremony, there will be a semaphore display from TS Ajax and further performances from Loud Applause Productions, Dancerama and the City of Swansea Concert Band.

The City of Swansea Pipe Band and the 215 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets will march through the city centre from 1pm.

Swansea Lord Mayor Phil Downing, who will attend the day, said: "The flag raising ceremony has become a proud and moving feature of our Armed Forces Day celebrations in Swansea.

"I'm honoured to be taking part in this important and appropriate recognition of our armed forces heroes."

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