North Wales Armed Forces Day 2017

Date 17/05/2017
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North Wales Armed Forces Day 2017

The annual North Wales Armed Forces Day event which is staged by each of the north Wales authorities in turn will be held in Caernarfon this year.

The day-long event on 17 June 2017 will take place in Caernarfon and will include a wide-range of activities including a military parade and service on the Maes, military aircraft and equipment displays, entertainment from local artists and a choir from RAF Fali. Volunteers from various military charities will also be on-hand on the town’s prom to provide information and advice.

In addition, Caernarfon waterfront and the Menai Strait will provide the stunning backdrop for a weekend of adrenaline-fuelled action as the

ThunderCat Racing tour visits the area for the very first time on 17 and 18 June.

As part of the various events, a pop-up museum arranged by Wales for Peace will also be open from 12 to 18 June at St Mary’s Church in Caernarfon which will include an exhibition about iconic Welsh poet, Hedd Wyn, the centenary of whose death will be marked this summer. The poignant exhibition will include a life-size copy of the ‘Cadair Ddu’ bardic chair the poet posthumously won at the 1917 National Eisteddfod. Galeri in Caernarfon has also arranged a screening of the Oscar nominated film based on Hedd Wyn’s life in support of the weekend’s activities.

Councillor Ioan Thomas, who is leading on the day’s arrangements for Gwynedd Council said: “There are a large number of individuals who serve or who have served in the armed forces in the north Wales area. The Armed Forces Day event will be a fitting way to pay tribute to them and their families.

“The regional event which is hosted by one of the six north Wales authorities every year will include a range of events throughout the day, and will offer information and advice for ex-service personnel about a range of health and wellbeing issues.

“The North Wales Armed Forces Day event coincides with the action-packed ThunderCat Racing tour that will be held on the Menai Strait on 17 and 18 June – it is expected that this popular water sports event will draw thousands of spectators to the Caernarfon area over both days.”

Elfyn Llwyd, recognised for his work as an MP in campaigning for armed forces veterans, will be the 2017 Honorary President for this year’s North Wales Armed Forces Day.

He said: "It was an honour and a privilege to be invited to preside on this important day. The men and women of the Armed Forces and their families deserve to be recognised for the way they sacrifice so much to ensure that we are kept safe.

"I have become aware over the years that we as a society expect - and indeed receive - everything from our troops, but are often reluctant to ensure suitable conditions for them when they return home. This day is a way of expressing our thanks and is also a means of reminding everyone that our armed forces deserve services of the highest quality wherever they live."

The North Wales Armed Forces Day will start with a military parade through Caernarfon town centre at 10:30am. This will be followed by a service held on the Maes in Caernarfon, and various events and activities will then be held on the promenade area of the town until 5pm. ThunderCat Racing events will be held from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on both Saturday, 17 June and Sunday, 18 June.

For further information about the 2017 North Wales Armed Forces Day event, visit: www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Information about the rights and support available to members of the Armed Forces, ex-members and their families living in Gwynedd is available on the Council website: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/armedforces