Carrickfergus Armed Forces Day
22 June 2013
In 1913 the Royal Flying Corps sent the first military aviators across the Irish Sea to support Army exercises in Limerick. To mark this centenary, the Royal Air Force will send some of its finest pilots and best aircraft to take part in Armed Forces Day at Carrickfergus on Saturday 22 June 2013. The world famous Red Arrows open the event at 11 am with a display over Belfast Lough and they will draw crowds from across Ireland to witness their breathtaking aerobatics. There will also be a flying display from an RAF Typhoon which is guaranteed to deliver the loudest of public performances. Military aviators will be well represented on the ground with static displays, aircraft cockpits, simulators and helicopters. This is a unique opportunity to engage with the RAF and climb aboard a Chinook!
Representing the Royal Navy alongside in Carrickfergus Harbour will be HMS Example which will be open for public visits. The Royal Marines, HMS Hibernia and the Sea Cadets will all have stands around the harbour. There will be a chance of RIB tours into Belfast Lough.
Armed Forces Day will witness a parade through the town led by members of the Regular and Reserve Forces, Veterans and the Cadet Forces. There will be a number of bands on the parade including the Drums and Pipes of the Irish Guards, the Band of the Royal Irish, the Pipes and Drums of 152 Transport Regiment RLC, and the Cadet Corps of Drums. The final element of the parade will be a convoy of veteran military vehicles provided by the Ulster Military Vehicles Club.
There will be a wide selection of military stands where the public can engage with Service personnel, talk about their experience on military operations, sit in vehicles and handle military equipment. There will be a number of military societies, Service charities, emergency services and military re-enactors represented and a huge range of activities for children to take part in. Clearsky Adventure will let you abseil off the castle walls, fire at laser clays and take part in archery. There will be bouncy castles of every shape and size and an opportunity to see the refurbished Marine Gardens with its fantastic new adventure playground. Entrance to Carrickfergus Castle is free on Armed Forces Day and there will be presentations inside the castle all day. There will be a number of musical and marching displays at different venues across Carrickfergus.
The finale will feature a free-fall flying display by the Wild Geese followed by a Beating Retreat where a military band will bring a very full day to a reflective conclusion. 60,000 people came to AFD 12; this year’s addition of flying displays and the Red Arrows will draw huge crowds – so get there early!
Venue: Carrickfergus Waterfront,Castle and Town Centre
For further information please contact:
Telephone: 028 9335 8049