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ARMED FORCES DAY Saturday 29 June 2019 | Plymouth Hoe

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Welcome This year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day is going to be spectacular, with so much to see and do. I am really looking forward to watching the Red Arrows, visiting the many exciting displays on Plymouth Hoe and meeting the military personnel. Armed Forces Day is a chance to celebrate and say thank you to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. We are very proud of our military history and our Armed Forces based in the city. It is wonderful to see the Plymouth community showing their support at this event. I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable day. Thank you for your support. Councillor Richard Ball Lord Mayor of Plymouth

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are extremely proud to support Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day once more, alongside the Army, Royal Air Force and all our veterans and cadet organisations. The Services have a long and successful relationship with the City of Plymouth and the surrounding communities, yet there are few occasions for us to join together to demonstrate our shared commitment. Armed Forces Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate that relationship and all that we achieve together, whether in Defence of the United Kingdom, providing stability around the world or supporting our city and its people. I hope you enjoy Armed Forces Day and thank you for your continued and valued support. Commodore Peter Coulson Naval Base Commander Devonport


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Programme – Saturday 29 June 9.10am

RAF and Allied Air Forces Memorial Service Location – Arena

10.15AM to 4.30PM

Junior Field Gun Competition Location – Junior Field Gun Arena


Merlin Mk3 Flypast


Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech Location – Main Stage


11.25am to 11.45am

RAF Cadets Display Location – Arena

11.50AM TO 12.15PM

Ocean City Sound Barbershop Chorus Location – Main Stage

12.20pm to 12.40pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Run 1 HMNB Devonport v The Royal Engineers (Sappers) Location – Arena

12.45pm TO 1.05PM

City of Plymouth Pipe Band Location – Arena

Parade of Standards, Cadets and Veterans march across the Hoe Promenade – all veterans are invited to join the parade Location – Arena


11am to 3pm

30 CDO Stonehouse Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Display Location – Arena

Plymouth Music Education Hub Location – Plymouth Youth Music Service Stage


T23 Frigate sail past and gun salute Location – Plymouth Sound

1.15pm to 1.35pm

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1.40pm to 2pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Run 2 The Royal Engineers (Sappers) v RAF Cosford Location – Arena

2.05pm to 2.30pm

Rock Choir Location – Arena

2.35pm to 2.55pm

Tri-Service Field Gun competition Run 3 RAF Cosford v HMNB Devonport Location – Arena

3pm to 3.30pm

HM Royal Marine Band, Plymouth – Marching Display Location – Arena

3.30pm to 4.05pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Grand Final followed by presentation Location – Arena

4.10pm to 4.30pm

Army Cadets Display Location – Arena

Air displays 5.10PM TO 5.55PM

Navy Wings Sea Fury RAF BBMF Spitfire RAF Aerobatic Team, Red Arrows

Evening Concert Main Stage 6pm to 7pm

HM Royal Marine Function Band, Plymouth, playing a great selection of musical ensembles

7.10pm to 7.55pm

Scarlett Lee, the amazing voice of last year’s X-Factor runner-up

8pm to 9pm

Tony is Tom Jones, a unique tribute to a legend

9.15pm to 10.30pm

One Step Behind, the UK’s premier Madness tribute band

4.15PM TO 4.30PM

Junior Field Gun Competition Presentation Location – Junior Field Gun Arena

4.35pm to 5pm

Military Wives Choir Location – Main Stage


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Plymouth Armed Forces Covenant

Plymouth Armed Forces Covenant is our formal commitment of mutual support between the city’s civilian, veterans and Armed Forces communities. It raises awareness of the issues affecting these communities and ensures that they are not disadvantaged in any way.

Badge Competition

The Covenant also supports local initiatives, including the Veterans’ Care Navigation Service, and has a dedicated Service and Veterans’ Children’s Officer, supporting schools. It is also the only Covenant in the UK to include young people at the heart of its membership, through partnership with Military Kids Club Heroes. For more information visit:

This year’s winner was Jessica Horton from Widewell Primary School. Badges cost £3 and are on sale from Saturday 15 June 2019, from the Barbican Tourist Information Centre, and on Armed Forces Day at the MKC Heroes tent in the Royal Navy Village. All funds are donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


Schools across Plymouth compete to create a badge design representing the spirit of Armed Forces Day.

Plymouth Music Education Hub

Plymouth Youth Music Service, the lead organisation for Plymouth Music Education Hub, will be providing a spectacular programme of live music from 11am to 3pm on their dedicated stage, featuring talented young local musicians. They will be a variety of performances offering something for everyone to enjoy.

Programme: 11.20am to 11.40am Teachers Rock Choir 11.45am to 12.05pm Plymouth Soundhouse Youth Brass Academy

1.15pm to 1.30pm Plymouth Young Persons’ Strings Orchestra 1.35pm to 1.45pm Beechwood Taiko

12.10pm to 12.30pm The Lipson Co-op Big Band

1.50pm to 2.05pm Montpelier Steel Pans

1pm to 1.10pm Plymouth Strings Training Orchestra

2.10pm to 3pm Plymouth Youth Concert Band


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Bands City of Plymouth Pipe Band Formed in 1975 the band has gone from strength to strength, boasting over 30 members; a mix of Scots, English and Irish now perform to an array of spectators. The Band is privileged to have the former Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Alderman Ian Gordon and Commander Charles Crichton OBE as patrons.

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth is based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall – the premiere training establishment of the Royal Navy. Their primary role is to provide musical support to the Naval Service in establishments and to the general public at venues in the UK and abroad.

Rock Choir The largest community choir in the country, with over 30,000 members who regularly attend over 400 community rock choirs across the UK. Rock Choir is for anybody and everybody!

Ocean City Sound Barbershop Chorus “Ocean City Sound” is the performing chorus of The Plymouth Barbershop Harmony Club. The club was formed in 1978 and continues today with around fifty enthusiastic members, singing in four-part close harmony.


Evening Concert Sponsored by C. and G. Catering Dance the night away on Plymouth Hoe, as the entertainment continues into the evening, with an outstanding line-up of performances on the main stage. This free concert offers a fantastic variety of live music to sing along to and enjoy.

Programme: 6pm to 7pm HM Royal Marine Function Band, Plymouth – will be playing a great selection of musical ensembles

7.10pm to 7.55pm Scarlett Lee – The sensational voice of last year’s X-Factor runner-up, who competed in Series 15, mentored by Simon Cowell

8pm to 9pm Tony is Tom Jones – A unique, exciting and undeniably accurate tribute to a legend

9.15pm to 10.30pm One Step Behind – The Masters of Madness and the UK’s Premier and longest surviving Madness tribute band.


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A Royal Navy Merlin will be doing a flypast at 10.30am. The main air display will start at 5.10pm, with a fantastic display from the Navy Wings Sea Fury, followed by a flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire. At 5.30pm will be the amazing RAF Red Arrows who will be thrilling visitors with their 25 minute long display across Plymouth Sound. Please visit: for details on restricted viewing areas at Jennycliff and Mount Edgecumbe. All content was correct at going to print, but is subject to operational commitments.

Photo Credit: Ultimate Shot.


Photo Credit: Ultimate Shot

Air Displays 

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows (below), is one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF. The displays are changed each year, and may consist of synchronised, formation aerobatics, to individual dynamic manoeuvres.

Sea Fury T20 (left) is one of the core aircraft of the Navy Wings Heritage Flight: through flying historic naval aircraft the NWHF aim to inspire future generations to remember the service and sacrifice of naval flying. RAF Spitfire (below) was produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War, 20,341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants and the aircraft remained in production for 12 years.

Photo Credit: Lee Howard

Photo Credit: Ultimate Shot.


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Veterans Village

sponsored by Royal British Legion

Visit the Veteran’s Village to find over 70 charities and organisations represented across the village. There will be interactive displays, preserved military vehicles and a wide selection of local businesses showcasing their products and services. Look out for the World War II jeep at the entrance to the marquee, where you will find a variety of stalls including the Royal British Legion, BLESMA and Blind Veterans UK, offering fun activities along with information, advice and support. The Veterans’ Care Navigation Service will also be represented within the village, enabling you to choose and access services that best meet your needs.



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Royal Navy Village There’s masses to explore in the dynamic Royal Navy village, from VR screens – to experience walking along HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck, to the interactive visual suite on the new Royal Navy Type 26 Frigate. Get hands on with the vehicles, weapons and drills, field gun equipment and demonstrations and displays from the Cadets, including a yacht to explore. Be inspired by the innovative exhibits, showcasing future technology. Meet the military pony, from The Royal Navy Royal Marines Riding Stables. Chat to the recruitment teams about career opportunities within the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. There’s lots going on in Plymouth Sound too! Don’t miss the survey ship sail past at 11am and 2.30pm, and the Type 23 Frigate with gun salute at 1.10pm.



Join us this Armed Forces Day and transport yourself to the Amalfi coast with our fresh Italian cuisine; Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Evening Ă la carte. (see our website for full menus). Enjoy possibly the best views across Plymouth sound. 10% off for all service personnel. (on receipt of a valid service ID card) 01752 266600

Villa Amaranta | The Dome | Hoe Rd | Plymouth | PL1 2NZ See our location on the map in the centre of this programme.


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Armed Forces Day Disabled Parking Disabled parking is available in Ballard House car park (West Hoe Road, PL1 BJ) for approximately 50 car parking spaces for blue badge holders.

Veteran’s Marquee

Lockyer Street

A shuttle bus supplied by Citybus will operate between Ballard House and the Hoe from 8.30am to 6.30pm. The bus will run from Ballard House every 30 minutes in a circular route to West Hoe Road, The Crescent, around Derry’s Cross roundabout, Citadel Road and then to Hoe ramp access on Hoe Road, where the bus will drop off/pick up disabled passengers – a blue badge must be shown to enable usage of the bus for free.

Veteran’s Village

For more information, map and timetables please visit: Citybus and Stagecoach are offering free travel across Armed Forces Day to serving personnel, cadets and veterans. ID is required.

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Army Village Visit the Army village for fun activities, vehicles and equipment to explore. Start your adventure with face painting, climbing wall and the children’s assault course, now you’re ready to check out the combat support boat, JCB, crane and the weapons displays. See the Army’s ‘workhorses’ the 15T SV and 6T SV, which deliver logistic effects for all Army units across the world. Used by 165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC, the largest Reserve Unit within the British Army.


Find out how the 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital provides vital medical support to manage any type of casualty out in the field, anywhere in the world. 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery will have their light gun, military vehicles and other equipment on display, as well as having personnel on hand to chat to you. Fancy an Army career, Reservist or want to try out Cadets? Recruitment teams are on-hand to provide advice and information.

RAF Village Fancy a career in the RAF? Visit the RAF village to find out about the many opportunities available for both regular service or reserves. RAF ambassadors from specialist careers such as Engineering, Aircrew, Cyberspace Communications, Logistics Drivers and a representative from the RAF Red Arrows will be available throughout the day to offer advice and information. #NoOrdinaryJob. @afco_Plymouth Don’t miss the RAF Spitfire flypast and RAF Red Arrows display, between 5pm and 6pm.


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Royal Marines Village The Royal Marines will be showcasing themselves and their equipment for you to explore, including the military Land Rover with mounted machine guns. There will be lots of hands-on displays, including various weapon systems ranging from pistols to machine guns. Chat to the Marines and find out how and when their equipment is used and in what situations, try your observation skills and look out for the obstacle course, with a unique twist! Don’t miss the 30 Commando IX Group from Royal Marines Stonehouse, in their all-action unarmed combat display, which will take place in the main arena at 1.15pm to 1.35pm.


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Field Gun Competitions Junior Field Gun The Junior Field Gun tournaments will be taking place throughout the day from 10.15am to 4.30pm, at the Junior Field Gun arena. This year we have up to 20 schools taking part in this exhilarating competition, competing for four silver trophies.

Senior Field Gun Competition Featuring teams from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, this thrilling event will take place in the main arena, with each team competing for the prestigious ‘Babcock Cup’.

Programme: 12.20pm to 12.40pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Run 1 HMNB Devonport v The Royal Engineers (Sappers)

1.40pm to 2pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Run 2 The Royal Engineers (Sappers) v RAF Cosford

2.35pm to 2.55pm

Tri-Service Field Gun competition Run 3 RAF Cosford v HMNB Devonport

3.30pm to 4.05pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Grand Final followed by presentation


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There are big changes coming for Plymouth Armed Forces Day, 27 June 2020 The spotlight next year will be on celebrating our veterans, and the charities and organisation that provide invaluable support. Activities and displays will include community bands, emergency and support services and a spectacular tea dance on the Hoe Promenade, for you to take part in or just watch and enjoy. Our serving militarily personnel – along with their displays, equipment and vehicles – will be showcased during the Mayflower Muster Weekend on 19 and 20 September 2020 as part of Plymouth’s Mayflower Week celebrations.

Mayflower Week 2020 14 to 20 September Events taking place on Plymouth Hoe during this week include: Monday – Field Gun Festival, featuring junior and senior teams Wednesday – Mayflower Ceremony, a fournations civic ceremony commemorating the Mayflower’s journey and legacy Thursday – Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon, in which both international and UK athletes will compete Saturday and Sunday – Mayflower Muster, a celebration of Plymouth’s military heritage, with the UK, US and Dutch Armed Forces working together to create a spectacular festival of live displays, interactive demonstrations and a whole host of other activity.


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Emergency Services Don’t miss the emergency services displays, where you will find the Plymouth Coastguard and the Fire Service with their fire engine, two vintage pumps and RTC car crash trailer on display. Devon and Cornwall Police will have Police motor bikes, BMW X5, community bus and a drone, plus the Firearms Officers will have a weapons display. Meet the team of volunteers from Dartmoor Search and Rescue Plymouth and learn about the rescue equipment used in the many different situations. The team support the police and the ambulance service in searching for and recovering lost and vulnerable people both on Dartmoor and in the wider rural and urban areas of Devon and Cornwall.


Cadet Force

With four military cadet forces plus the Fire Service and Volunteer Police Cadets, all based in Plymouth, there are plenty of opportunities for young people. Cadets have opportunities to take part in a wide array of activities, ranging from skills training, target rifle shooting, flying and gliding, sailing and other water bound activities. In addition, making lifelong friendships, gaining valuable leadership and personal development skills and training is also a key part of being a Cadet.

Contact details: Plymouth Sea Cadets Email: Email: Royal Marine Volunteer Cadet Corps Tel: 01752 836706 Email: Devon Army Cadet Force Tel: 01752 261525 Email: Royal Air Force, Air Cadets Tel: 01637 857638 Email: Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Email: Volunteer Police Cadets Email: Web:


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Special Offers for the Armed Forces and Veterans* All offers are valid on 29 to 30 June, unless otherwise stated

*All offers are subject to retailers discretion and available to valid Military and Veteran Cardholders only. ID will be required

25 Menswear 10% off on all full price stock (at all times) Cafe Brasil Free drink with a meal Cornwall Street Fish Bar Free Hot Drink with Fish & Chips Cutting Garden 10% off Monday to Friday D&D Barbers Military Discount at all times Drakes Lounge & Bar 25% off food and beverage The Edinburgh Woollen Mill (city centre only) 10% off all clothing 29 June only

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill 25% off food and beverage

Oggy Oggy Footloose & Fancy 10% off at all times Dress 10% off Phoenix Wings Froyo Island 10% off on selected Small cone for items £1 only from 24 to 30 June Plymouth Citybus Free bus travel 29 Lady Bird Cafe June for Military, Cuppa and cake Veterans & Cadets only £4 Pound Kitchen Lisbons Free Spicy Spuds 10% off when over with any purchase £10 spent on a meal.

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