June 19th 2015

Joining forces for Armed Forces Day

Military personnel from across the East Midlands are set to come together to celebrate Armed Forces Day.




The nationwide event, which celebrates the Armed Forces in the community, will see Reserve and regular soldiers, as well as Cadets from across the region, take part in a series of events throughout Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, which will be open to the general public.

So what is Armed Forces Day? Armed Forces Day is part of Armed Forces Week, which is a week-long celebration of military personnel in our community. Reserves Day is also part of this celebratory week, where Reservists from all Military forces are invited to celebrate their military careers in the work place. This year, a number of Reservists from across the East Midlands will be wearing their uniform to work as part of the celebration.


Army Reserve Unit celebrates first Armed Forces Day

160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron TruckA newly formed Reserve unit in Lincoln is hoping to spread the word about the Armed Forces in the community as Armed Forces Day approaches.

160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, based at Sobraon Barracks, will be out in force at events across the region to help others learn more about what they and the Armed Forces as a whole do.

The unit, which is part of 158 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), will attend the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Lincoln city centre on Saturday 27 June 2015 where they will be available to talk to members of the public about their duties and involvement in the community.

The event, which will take place between 10am and 4pm, will see 6, 9, and 15 tonne trucks used by the Squadron on display at the event, as well as a specialist stand where members of the Squadron will be based. Several members of the Squadron who will be present in the Town Centre have been mobilised on Operations over the last few years, to locations including Afghanistan and Iraq as well as in support of the London 2012 Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.

Captain Bruce Saunderson at 160 Transport Squadron said: “At 160 Transport Squadron we are proud to be involved with what will be our first Armed Forces Day as a unit. We hope to tell the wider community more about the roles that are on offer at the Squadron, as well as giving information about our involvement in the community.”

160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron are recruiting. To find out more contact: WO1 Nigel O’Leary on 01522 529082 or visit for more information about the Army Reserve.


Lincolnshire Cadets take part in Armed Forces Day

A number of Cadets from Lincolnshire will be taking part in Armed Forces Day next weekend (27 June).

The Cadets from Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) will be involved in the celebrations alongside Regular and Reserve Forces in Lincoln city centre.

The event, which will see Cadets take part in a drill competition alongside the Sea Cadets, Marine Cadets, and Air Cadets from around the East Midlands, will also be attended by civic guests.

Major Jeremy Field, Company Commander of 1 Company Lincolnshire ACF, said: “I am really proud to be taking Cadets from four detachments to such an important event. Each of the Cadets taking part are really excited to be representing the ACF in such a public arena.

“Our County Band and Corps of Drums will be performing twice during the day and will then have the honour of playing the sunset ceremony in the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Colonel Toby Dennis, who is also our Honorary Colonel.”

Jeremy added that members of the participating ACF detachments will also man a recruiting stand throughout the day.

He explained: “We want to use the opportunity to tell the public more about what we do and the benefits that joining the ACF can have for both young people and adults alike. As a Cadet or an adult volunteer you can gain a wide range of skills including team work and self-discipline as well as working towards qualifications like B-TEC’s and The Duke of Edinburgh Award which enhance your school work or civilian career.”

To find out more about Lincolnshire ACF, contact: 01522 528109 or visit for more information.



Nottingham celebrates Armed Forces Day at Wollaton Hall

Nottingham will come together at Wollaton Hall with members of the Armed Forces to celebrate Armed Forces Day next weekend (27 and 28 June).

The weekend of celebrations will see Reserve Forces, Cadets, Veterans, and serving personnel attend the event, which will include a fly-past from a Dakota aircraft on both days (weather permitting).

The event will see live Army displays taking place across the weekend, and will be attended by members of 162 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, HMS Sherwood, and 504 (County of Nottingham) with their recruiting stands where members of the public can learn more about the Armed Forces.

A World War Two Army Canteen will also recreate Nottingham during the war for visitors alongside a 1940’s themed tea room inside the hall for guests to enjoy.

Other activities include an Army beer tent, opportunities to try on forces equipment, as well as a war-time music show.

For more information click here.


Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicester Reserves parade for Armed Forces Day

An Army Reserve unit based in Leicester will join local authorities and civic guests to salute the Armed Forces.

Members of 2 Company 3 Royal Anglian based at Ulverscroft Road, will take part in a parade to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 4 July 2015 which will be attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Lady Gretton.

The parade will see up to 15 soldiers from the Reserve infantry unit join regular (full-time) forces march from Leicester Cathedral to the clock tower where the Lord Lieutenant will be joined by the Chairman of the County Council, and the Deputy Commander, 7th Infantry Brigade, Colonel Stuart Williams to take the salute.

Ahead of Armed Forces Day itself, the County Council will be hoisting the Armed Forces Day Flag at a ceremony at County Hall on Friday 19th June, at 10.30 a.m

For more information on this event click here.



Northampton Army Reserve unit takes part in Armed Forces Day celebrations

A Northampton-based Army Reserve Unit will use Armed Forces Day as an opportunity to recruit new members to their unit.

118 Recovery Company, which is part of 104 Battalion Royal Mechanical Engineers (REME) will attend the Armed Forces Day celebrations on Saturday 27 June and will be based at Northampton Town Square with a recruiting stand to tell members of the public more about what they as a unit do, as well as how they can get involved.

The unit, which is based at Clare Street Army Reserve Centre in Northampton, will exhibit a specialist recovery vehicle from their own fleet to the general public.

The event will also see a parade through Northampton town centre attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire Mr David Laing.

Major Chris Morgan, Officer Commanding of 118 Rec Coy REME said: “As a unit we are responsible for assisting to fix the British Army’s kit, including weapons, trucks, tanks and helicopters.

“REME tradesmen are trained to the highest level as both soldiers and technicians and we are always looking for new Reserve recruits to join us in Northampton.

“As a Reservist, you are able to retain your civilian career whilst undertaking military training parallel to that of Regular (full-time) soldiers. You can gain transferrable skills to take back to the workplace and have the opportunity to travel to places and take part in activities you would not be able to do in civilian life.”

Northampton’s Armed Forces Day celebrations will this year take place on Saturday 27 June 2015 and will see a host of activates on offer in the town square. For more information, click here.


The information included in this website feature was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing. For further details about specific events please contact the organisers directly.