Hartlepool Armed Forces Day and Headland Heritage Day

Published Friday, 6th July 2018

People are being reminded about a popular event which returns to Hartlepool this weekend.

The event – which commemorates Hartlepool Armed Forces Day and Headland Heritage day – will take place tomomorrow (Saturday 7 July).

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The family friendly event – which last year attracted more than 5,000 visitors – is organised by the Hartlepool Armed Forces Liaison Group and the Hartlepool Headland Local History Group, with support from Hartlepool Borough Council.

Free parking will be available on the day at Kafiga Landings and this will be signposted.

The highlight of the event – which is sponsored by Seymour Civil Engineering, Liberty Steel and Hart Biologicals – will be a parade involving the 8th Battalion The Rifles, local Cadets and Ex-Servicemen’s Associations and an Air Cadet band.

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The parade will commence at 1pm from Manners Street – near St Hilda's Church – and in honour of the RAF centenary the Heugh Battery gun will also be fired.

On the day – which takes place between 11am and 4:30pm – there will also be a fun fair, a variety of stalls, face-painting, historic vehicles, re-enactments, live music and much more.

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Headland Parish Council and the Thirteen Group have provided support to the Hartlepool Headland Local History Group.

Mike Facchini, Chair of the Hartlepool Armed Forces Liaison Group, said: “Hartlepool has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and we really hope people will turn out in force to support this important event.

“It is so important we do all we can to show we value the important contribution of the Armed Forces in keeping us all safe.”

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Kevin Kelly, Chairman of the Hartlepool Headland Local History Group, added: “Last year, we joined forces with the Armed Forces Liason Group and we were delighted to welcome more than 5,000 visitors to the event.

“There really is something on offer for everyone and we hope people will come along and enjoy this hugely popular summer event.”

For further information, contact joan.stevens@hartlepool.gov.uk or 01429 284466 or Kevin Kelly via kevin.p.578@btinternet.com or 07813 360406.