Sunderland to celebrate heroes at annual Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day organisers, left to right; James Bell, Keith Powell, Steph Collier, Paul Jasper and Emily Sanderson.
Armed Forces Day organisers, left to right; James Bell, Keith Powell, Steph Collier, Paul Jasper and Emily Sanderson.
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TRADERS are being urged to set out their stall at an annual celebration of the armed forces.

People of all ages will come together in appreciation of the dedication and sacrifice of Britain’s Army, Navy and Air Force at the Armed Forces Day extravaganza next month.

Coinciding with other events across the country, Sunderland’s tribute aims to be one of the biggest of its kind in England and will take place at Herrington Country Park.

Attractions and performers have been lined up for the celebration.

Now organisers are encouraging traders to support the event.

Organiser Paul Jasper, who served 23 years in the Light Infantry and the Royal Green Jackets, said: “The event in Sunderland celebrates our men and women who serve us so well.

“The planning for the event is going really well, but we’re still looking for more people who would be interested in hiring a stall for the weekend to sell their wares.

“We want as many people as possible to come along and support us.”

The three-day event will kick off on Friday, June 28, and include fairground rides, live music, a dog show and five-a-side competition.

“We are also looking for sponsors to take part and any volunteers who would like to help out,” said Paul.

“It looks like being a huge crowd, so we’re urging people to get there early and enjoy a fun-packed weekend for all the family.”

The celebration will also include jazz bands, parades and a Last Night of the Proms-style concert.

“This year, on the Saturday evening, we are holding the first Red, White and Blue Concert,” said Paul. “It promises to be a great evening.”

Interested stall holders or volunteers should call 07710 690 295.