Armed Forces Day celebrations in Edinburgh
In 2011 the National Event will be held in Edinburgh, but there are many more events up and down the country being held in support of the Armed Forces.
Up to 80,000 people expected to watch a series of spectacular Red Arrows displays, parades, concerts and military events over the three days.
Friday 24th June:
Events will kick off in Leith including tours of HMS Portland, various water-based displays in Leith Docks and marching pipe bands culminating in a full display by the Red Arrows over the Firth of Forth (1900 hrs). Members of the public will also have the opportunity to try out Red Arrow and Tornado Jet flight simulators at the Ocean Terminal shopping centre.
Added: Look at our Red Arrows pictures here.
Saturday 25th June:
Edinburgh will celebrate Armed Forces Day with a Parade through the Old town followed by activities in Holyrood Park. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Some events include:
1115 Parade depart Castle Esplanade and proceed down the High Street and past the City Chambers and down to Holyrood Park.
1200 Fly past by the Red Arrows
1215 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – A Lancaster Spitfire and Hurricane
1255 Drum Head Service at HolyRood Park to commemorate those who have fallen in battle
1715 Red Hot Chilli Pipers
1830 Typhoon and Tornado Fly Past
It’s expected that a parade of up to 2,000 serving personnel, veterans and cadets will march down the Royal Mile from the Castle Esplanade to Holyrood Park. The parade will end with a short ceremony of thanks and a fly past by the Red Arrows. This will be followed by a packed afternoon of events and entertainment for all the family in Holyrood Park, including parachute displays, a display of Armed Forces vehicles, concert by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, music and a Veterans’ Village.
Sunday 26th June:
Sunday’s events are being organised by the charity DecAid. The day kicks off with a Military Fitness Session in Holyrood Park (1100) followed by a massed Pipes and Drums parade from the Castle Esplanade to Holyrood Park, and then by an afternoon of music and a Battle of the Bands.
1100 Military Fitness Session at Holyrood Park
1145 Pipes and Drums Parade from the Castle Esplanade to Holyrood Park
1300 Battle of the Bands, Commando Challenge and more……..
More information can be found on the Armed Forces Day website and details of the running order can be found on the council website. You can download a copy of the programme here. PDF, opens in new window.