A packed day of activities will be delivered with military precision in Bolton for Armed Forces Day.
The event takes place on Saturday, June 25 in Victoria Square, starting at 10.30am and running through to 3.30pm.
Bolton’s tribute to those who have served in the armed forces, both past and present, begins with a wreath laying ceremony led by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer.
Music will be played by the Bolton Scottish Pipe band and onlookers will be encouraged to join in the National Anthem.
The formalities will be followed by a drill display by local army cadets at 11.30am and a performance by the Houghton Weavers at 11.45am.
Local veterans and civic guests will enjoy a potato pie lunch in the town hall while Bolton FM will entertain the crowds until the afternoon activities start at 1.30pm.
Bolton Scottish Pipe Band will then perform for the second time and Sea Cadets will give a rifle display.
At 2pm, the square will be filled with participants in the sponsored Commando Run, which is raising money for Help the Heroes, including police officers, fire fighters, soldiers and mountain rescue volunteers.
Entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon until the closing ceremony at 3.30pm, led by Councillor Frank White as president of the Bolton United Services Veterans Association (BUSVA).
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Noel Spencer, said: “As a former member of the armed forces myself, I would like to invite the people of Bolton to join me in paying tribute to those who have served their country, both past and present.
“There are a lot of fun activities taking place and I would encourage people to bring the whole family down to Victoria Square to watch and enjoy.”