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  • Veterans’ Association and council team up to stage third Armed Forces Fun Weekend

    Henry James

    SKELMERSDALE Veterans' Association are running their Armed Forces Fun weekend for the third year on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, at the town’s Blaguegate Playing Fields.

    Organised by the association and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council, the event aims to raise money for military charities.

    It will be opened by the Mayor of West Lancs, Councillor Neil Furey, entry is free and the fun lasts from 10am to 6pm on both days. Donations can be made at various places around the show site.

    Superb displays of military vehicles from the West Lancs Military Vehicle Trust and the Airborne Comrades Association will be among the main attractions. Veterans are also taking along their bikes and trikes.

    Historia Normannis, always very popular at the Ormskirk Medieval Weekend, will thrill the crowds with their exciting combat displays and visitors can also try on the armour, take a closer look at the weapons and how they’re made, or even try their hand at archery.

    Everyday life in the 12th century will be featured with medieval cooking demonstrations and a fashion show to talk about the different styles of dress of the times, plus displays of medieval crafts.

    Other attractions include military memorabilia stalls and a vintage fire engine, while dog displays, a pony show, pig racing and a reptile show will add a bit of ‘animal magic’ to the event.


    There will also be bouncy castles for the children to enjoy and a wide range of food and drink, including burgers and a hog roast, will be available.

    Alan Lewis, chairman of Skelmersdale Veterans' Association said: “The Armed Forces weekend will be a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

    “New attractions have been included this year and there’s free admission and car parking.

    “We will also be displaying our new colours, which we received with the help of our sponsors, Hotter Shoes and Skelmersdale Action for Youth.

    “The association would like to thank different companies and stall holders for their support. We would also like to thank the mayor, Councillor Neil Furey for agreeing to open the show and Harry McKenzie for co-ordinating it.”

    Councillor Yvonne Gagen, the council’s portfolio holder for leisure, added: “These are sure to be great days out for all the family so go along and enjoy the fun.”

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