Bolton Council will be taking part in a number of events to celebrate Armed Forces and Veterans Week, which runs from 20-28 June and aims to give respect and thanks to Britain’s armed forces of past, present and the future.
On Thursday 25 June from 6.15-7.15pm, Steven McLaughlin will be talking at Bolton Central Library about his book “Squaddie: A Soldier’s Story” – a powerful autobiographical story. The book takes the reader from his joining the army at 16, through basic training, to the grim reality of the frontline in Iraq.
To mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June (previously named Veterans’ Day), the Mayor of Bolton will host a ticket only potato pie luncheon in the Albert Hall for veterans and serving Armed Forces personnel. A number of vintage cars will be on display on Victoria Square as well as other war memorabilia between 10am - 3pm.
Bolton Artillery will be holding a collection for Christmas boxes to send to the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and are asking the public to bring non-perishable items such as toothpaste, soap, flannels and socks to the Bolton Artillery Gazebo which will be in Victoria Square between 10am – 3pm.
Armed Forces Week will finish with a bang as Boltonians are invited to attend Bolton Artillery’s 40’s Dinner Dance at the Artillery on Nelson St. Throughout the week, people will also be able to visit a display in Bolton Library about Boltonians involved in wars from Victorian times to the present day, which runs until the end of July.
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Norman Critchley commented:
“Armed Forces and Veterans Week is a time for us to show our gratitude to Britain’s armed forces of past, present and the future. We’d like to invite all Boltonians to come along to these events and to think of all those who are currently serving in the forces around the world.”
For further information on Armed Forces Day Luncheon contact the Mayor's Office, tel: 01204 331507 or for more information on Squaddie: A Soldier’s Story contact Melanie Graaf (details above).